These drawers are huge! And this bench is designed not just for you to sit on, but also for locker hutches to sit on. Special thanks to one of our readers for sharing their photos.
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1 - sheet of 3/4" plywood 1 - 1x4 @ 30" 1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long 1 - 1x10 @ 10 feet long 1 - 1x12 @ 6 feet long
Cut List for 1 Drawer Bench A) 2 – 3/4″ plywood @ 23″ x 17 1/4″ (Sides of the bench) B) 1 – 3/4″ plywood @ 23″ x 28 1/2″ (Bottom of the bench) C) 1 – 3/4″ plywood @ 23 x 30 1/2″ (Top of the bench) D) 1 – 1×4 @ 28 1/2″ (Inset footer) E) 1- 1×2 @ 30 1/2″ (top front trim) F) 2 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Side trim) G) 1 – 1×2 @ 27 1/2″ (Bottom trim) H) 1 – 1/2 plywood @ 30″ x 18″ (Back of the Bench) Drawer Pieces I) 1 – 3/4″ plywood cut at 27 1/4″ x 22 1/2″ (Drawer Bottom) J) 2 – 1×10 @ 22 1/2″ (Drawer Sides) K) 2 – 1×10 @ 25 3/4″ (Front and Back of Drawers) L) 2 – 1×12 @ 27 1/4″ (Drawer Face)
Cut all your boards first. I recommend using a table saw to cut the plywood, as your cuts must be perfectly square. To get the most out of your plywood, cut as follows:
Whenever you are working with drawers, it is CRUCIAL to be absolutely square with all of your cuts. The drawer and the bench must be perfectly square or the drawer will not slide correctly. Make sure you cut your plywood square.
Use 2″ nails and glue to nail through the sides of boards A (shown in purple above) into the end edges of board B (shown in green above). Use the measurements in the above diagram to guide you.
Then use 2″ nails and glue to nail the top, C (shown in blue above) to the sides. Notice how C (blue) overhangs A (purple) 1/4″ on both sides.
Begin by nailing board E (shown in green above) to the top and sides of the bench as shown above. Use 2″ nails and glue. Nail through the face of E into both the top edges and the side edges.
Then nail boards F in place, shown in blue above, nailing into the side edges and the bottom edge and also board D, as shown above. When nailing into D, use 1 1/4″ nails.
Complete the trimout by nailing board G, shown in purple above, to the bench. Use 2″ nails and glue to nail into C. Then use 1 1/4″ nails to nail into D as shown above.
Set the drawer face on the drawer. Position until there is an even gap around the drawer face, approximately 1/8″. Use glue and 1 1/4″ nails to nail the drawer face to the drawer. Just add 1 nail to each corner. Then pull the drawer out (lean it toward you) and from the inside of the drawer, nail into the back side of the face. This will hide most of your nail holes. You may wish to mark out where your handle will be placed and avoid putting any nails in this area.