Mimi's Storage Bench
Free easy plans to build an entry bench featuring lift top storage compartment. Step by step plans include shopping list, cut list, diagrams, and instructions.
3 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1/4" plywood scraps or 1/2 sheet - If you are building the hall tree, consider using beadboard
1 - 4 1/4" base moulding 7 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 28 3/4" long
1 - set narrow profile hinges
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 - 1x4 @ 27"
2 - 1x8 @ 27"
4 - 1x4 @ 17 3/4"
2 - 1x4 @ 7"
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 32" x 17 3/4"
4 - 1x3 @ 17 3/4"
2 - 1x4 @ 7 1/2"
2 - 1x8 @ 7 1/2"
2 - 1/4" plywood @ 12 1/2" x 17 3/4"
2 - 1x4 @ 15"
1 - 1x4 @ 29"
1 - 1x12 @ 28 3/4"
Optional moulding cut to fit at base
You will need to build two - one for front and one for back.
Also build two sides.
Then attach all four panels to make a box. You can drill pocket holes to attach with pocket hole screws as well.
NOTE: you may wish to attach plywood pieces (next step) before assembly - especially if you are using small scrap pieces.
Plywood the insides with 1/4" plywood or beadboard and attach with glue and nails.
Build top frame first, then attach. Be careful to attach so that the front opening is square and measures 29" wide as well so your top goes on nice. Another option is to attach top to top frame (see last step) with hinges before attaching to base to make sure everything fits just right.
I really like the added moulding. I recommend cutting to fit, mitering corners with a miter saw.
You can attach hinges by setting on top (easiest method) or in the joint.