Entryway Bench and Storage Shelf with Hooks
So I built this and it was in my house for forever. And I loved it. The only problem was in the winter, there were so many coats piled on it . . . so I gave it to one of my very happy friends. Then my husband commented that he missed it, and it was one of his favorite pieces :(
Guess what? I'm planning to build it again.
Another note, I also built this in a smaller size (as many others have) to custom fit a small space. This system really is perfect.
Shopping List for the Bench
1 - 1x12 @ 12 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long
2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
Shelf Shopping List
2 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
3 Double Hooks
Bench Cut List
2 - 1x12 @ 17 1/4 (sides)
2 - 1x12 @ 13 1/2" (vertical dividers)
1 - 1x12 @ 46 1/2" (bottom shelf)
2 - 1x12 @ 48" (top shelves, doubled up)
1 - 1x4 @ 49 1/2" (back lip for top)
2 - 1x4 @ 11 1/2 (side lip for top)
2 - 1x4 @ 11 1/2 (side toekick)
1 - 1x4 @ 49 1/2 (front toekick) plywood for back, 18"x48"
Shelf Cut List
2 - 1x8 @ 46 1/2" (bottom shelf and vertical board for hooks)
2 - 1x8 @ 15 3/4" (sides)
2 - 1x8 @ 7 1/2" (vertical dividers)
1 - 1x8 @ 48" (top, bottom piece)
1 - 1x3 @ 49" (top, top back piece)
1 - 1x6 @ 49" (top, top front piece)
plywood for back 8" x 48"
3 double hooks
1. Box. Begin building the bench as shown, keeping all edges flush and leaving 3" from the bottom of the bottom shelf and the bottom of the bench. Make the cubbies 15" wide.
2. Top. Place one of the top pieces on top of the bench as shown, keeping everything flush.
Top. Now add the second 1x12 @ 48" on top of the previous one (from step 2), placing a 1x4 behind it. Overhand the 1x4 3/4" on either end, and nail the 1x4 into the top 1x12, and the top 1x12 into the bottom 1x12. The top 1x12 should be flush on the sides, and overhand the front 3/4".
Top Sides. Take the two 1x4 side lip pieces, and attach to the top 1x12 x 48" as shown.
Side Cut Down. Find the midpoints of the side lip pieces and draw a diagonal and trim as shown above.
Bottom Sides. Add the bottom side toekick pieces, keeping everything flush as shown above.
Bottom Front. Add the front toekick, nailing into the side pieces as shown. Cut the front toekick piece out as desired. The diagram shown was not cut out.
8. Back. Add the plywood to the back, and fill nail holes with wood filler. Sand and finish as desired.
Shelf Construction. Begin building the shelf by attatching the side pieces to the bottom shelf piece as shown. Leave 7 1/2" on either side of the shelf. The shelf will be centered on the sides, as pictured. Attatch the board where the hooks will be placed, and the vertical dividers. Leave 15" between each divider, making each cubby 15" wide.
Top. Attatch the 1x8 48" board on top of the shelf as shown.
Second Top. Now attach the 1x3 board as shown, on top of the 1x8 attached in step 3. Leave a 1/2" overhang on either side.