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! The top flips up, but the bottom is storage shelves - perfect for baskets or shoes.
Step by step woodworking plans with diagrams, shopping and cut lists.
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
2 - 3/4" plywood @- 13.5" x 16"
4 - 2x2 @ 18"
4 - 1x3 @ 13.5"
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 41.5" x 16"
Bottom and Shelf
2 - 3/4" plywood @ 41.5" x 16.25"
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 41 1/2 x 7 3/4
Divider (you could do 1 or 2)
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 16.25" x 6.75"
1 -1x3 @ 45" (measure to fit)
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 45" x 14.75" (you might want to cut this last to measure for perfect fit)
Sorry I planned this for 3/4 in pieces, but i realized later that if you are using plywood its going to be slightly off, but it should only be off for the 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!
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
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.
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