I was looking for a storage bench for our playroom that had a flip top lid, but wasn't going to be a bottomless pit for tiny pieces of toys...been there done that! Then I saw just what I was looking for! I made a few mods including leaving off the drawers because I plan to build some crates out of scraps to fit, and creating 3 sections on the bottom instead of the 2. ***Previous version sat flush to the floor, but i couldn't bring myself to leave it that way!!!***
I plan to top mine with a long seat cushion and some toss pillows.
1- 2x2, 6ft
1- 1x3, 8ft
1- 4x8 plywood
this plan was designed for plywood that actually measures 3/4in
hinges for lid
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
2 - 13.5x16
4 - 2x2x18
4 - 1x3x13.5
1 - 41.5x16
Bottom and Shelf
2 - 41.5x 16.25
1- 41 1/2 x 7 3/4
Divider (you could do 1 or 2)
1 -1x3x45(measure to fit)
1- 45 x 14.75 (you might want to cut this last to measure for perfect fit)
Make all your plywood cuts (see diagram)
I'm planning to get my plywood cut in-store into 2 4'x4' pieces.
Assemble Sides using glue and 2" nails
Add the 1x3 trim at top and bottom. Secure with glue and 1 1/4" finishing nails
Once you have completed both sides, attach the back piece with glue and 2" nails
Make sure top edges are flush and check for square
Next add the bottom, and then the shelf
Make your marks for the shelf placement at 9 1/2 from the bottom (or 6 3/4 inches between the top of the bottom shelf and the bottom of the middle shelf). clear as mud?
Add the dividers
add the front
Don't forget to nail from the underside of that shelf!
Now add that 45" 1x3
Measure to fit
ok so i think my graphic shows the lid as 14.5 wide, that was before it dawned on me that you need a little overhang to lift the lid...duh.
So it should be 14 3/4 or 15
Add the lid using whatever hinge hardware you decide upon.