Cube Drawer Bench
A drawer bench to tidy up entryways and children's room. Think outside the entryway - bathrooms, reading nooks or even nightstands!
I love this! So simple, yet functional. I love the nice big roomy drawer too!
Like all of the plans that I design, this collection is based off standard with boards. The base is built by what we will call a 1x18 (actually a project board 18" wide, 3/4" thick) but you can with no other modification substitute in a wider or narrower width board. For example, let's say you want to make three of these and want to use plywood. What you could do is cut your plywood into 1x16s (15 1/2" wide strips 8' long) to get three strips out of one sheet of plywood. Then simply use 1x16s instead of 1x18s. How cool is that?
Even the drawer bottom works with this idea - it's a 1x18. And because the drawer is deeper, you will need to use side mount drawer slides.
1 set of 18″ drawer slides
10′ of 1×18 Boards
2 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Long
1 - 1×10, 6′ Long
25 1/4″ of 1×12 Board
2 Drawer Pulls
2″ Screws or Nails
1 1/4″ Screws or Nails
Wood Glue and Finishing Supplies
2 – 1×18 @ 27″ (Bench Box Top and Bottom)
2 – 1×18 14 3/4″ (Bench Box Sides)
2 – 1×2 @ 18″ (Drawer Slide Supports)
4 – 1×2 @ 18 1/4″ (Legs)
4 – 1×2 @ 25 1/2″ (Trim)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 14 3/4″ x 28 1/2″ (Back)
2 – 1×10 @ 18″ (Drawer Sides)
1 – 1×18 @ 23″ (Drawer Bottom)
1 – 1×10 @ 24 1/2″ (Drawer Back)
1 – 1×12 @ 25 1/4″ (Drawer Face)
Build the bench box as shown above. Prefered method is pocket hole screws and glue. But if you don’t have pocket hole screws, this bench is fully framed, so finish nails or countersunk screws will do just fine. Use 2″ fasteners and glue. Check for square. With any drawer, you need to be very very square or your drawer will stick.
Drawer Slide Supports
Consult your drawer slides to about placement. These 1x2s are simply spacers to put your drawer slide inside the face frame.
Attach the legs to the front and back of the bench, tops flush. Make sure you also fasten to the drawer slide supports. Use 2″ finish nails or screws and glue. If you have a Kreg Jig™, build your frame first, then attach the entire frame with finish nails.
Trim out the tops and bottoms of the bench as shown above. TIP: Cut your trim to the actual measurement for an exact fit.
Add the back with 1 1/4″ nails and glue. Be careful not to nail into the parts where there is not a 1×18 located.
Begin to build the drawer by attaching the sides to the bottom as shown above.
Attach the drawer back to the drawer. Make sure you screw into the bottom and sides. Use 2″ screws and glue, or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Attach the drawer to the bench with drawer slides. Notice how the drawer is fully inserted into the box.
With the drawer fully pushed into the box, lay the face on the drawer. Center the face on the opening and use 2″ finish nails to secure in place. Add hardware.