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Shelby Storage Bench



Brand new year, brand new slate: what better time to get organized? This beautiful storage bench will store your winter wear with style. My friend Shelby has been wanting a bench for her mudroom so I designed this one for her, with plenty of roomy storage hidden in the flip-top seat.

For a complete materials and cut list, click here to download the printable PDF plans.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Build the sides. Drill ¾” pocket holes into the 1x12 sides and attach it to the 2x2 legs with 1 ¼” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Attach the sides so that they are flush to the exterior edge of the legs.

    2. Step: 2

      Attach the arms. Drill 1-1/2” pocket holes into the 2x2s and attach with 2-1/2” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Attach the 1x2 trim pieces with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue. You can also simply glue and nail the 1x2 pieces on.

    3. Step: 3

      Attach the arm rests. Using a jig saw, cut out the arm rests as shown. Attach to arms with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue.

    4. Step: 4

      Construct the carcass. Drill ¾” pocket holes into the sides of ¾” plywood and attach to legs with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

    5. Step: 5

      Attach the 1x2 supports with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue.

    6. Step: 6

      Attach the bottom. Drill ¾” pocket holes into the ¾” plywood bottom and attach to the carcass with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

    7. Step: 7

      Drill ¾” pocket hole screws into the 1x4 and attach it to the carcass with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

    8. Step: 8

      Drill ¾” pocket holes into 1x12 and attach to carcass with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Drill the pocket holes on the outside of the 1x12 because the 1x3 trim will hide them in the next step.

    9. Step: 9

      Attach the 1x3 trim with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue. Attach the 1x2 trim on the top with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue.

    10. Step: 10

      Join the 1x2 and 1x12 boards together for the seat. Use ¾” pocket holes and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Attach piano hinge to the 1x12 lid, then attach the lid to the bench.

    11. Step: 11

      Sand, stain or paint, and finish as desired.

    12. Step: 12

      For more free building plans and DIY project ideas, visit www.JenWoodhouse.com.

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Shelby Storage Bench

by The House of Wood
Dec 18, 2015

Brand new year, brand new slate: what better time to get organized? This beautiful storage bench will store your winter wear with style. My friend Shelby has been wanting a bench for her mudroom so I designed this one for her, with plenty of roomy storage hidden in the flip-top seat. For a complete materials and cut list, <a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/shelby-storage-bench.pdf" target="_blank">click here to download the printable PDF plans.</a>

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Build the sides. Drill ¾” pocket holes into the 1x12 sides and attach it to the 2x2 legs with 1 ¼” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Attach the sides so that they are flush to the exterior edge of the legs.

  2. Step: 2

    Attach the arms. Drill 1-1/2” pocket holes into the 2x2s and attach with 2-1/2” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Attach the 1x2 trim pieces with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue. You can also simply glue and nail the 1x2 pieces on.

  3. Step: 3

    Attach the arm rests. Using a jig saw, cut out the arm rests as shown. Attach to arms with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue.

  4. Step: 4

    Construct the carcass. Drill ¾” pocket holes into the sides of ¾” plywood and attach to legs with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

  5. Step: 5

    Attach the 1x2 supports with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue.

  6. Step: 6

    Attach the bottom. Drill ¾” pocket holes into the ¾” plywood bottom and attach to the carcass with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

  7. Step: 7

    Drill ¾” pocket hole screws into the 1x4 and attach it to the carcass with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue.

  8. Step: 8

    Drill ¾” pocket holes into 1x12 and attach to carcass with 1-1/4” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Drill the pocket holes on the outside of the 1x12 because the 1x3 trim will hide them in the next step.

  9. Step: 9

    Attach the 1x3 trim with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue. Attach the 1x2 trim on the top with 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue.

  10. Step: 10

    Join the 1x2 and 1x12 boards together for the seat. Use ¾” pocket holes and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws and wood glue. Attach piano hinge to the 1x12 lid, then attach the lid to the bench.

  11. Step: 11

    Sand, stain or paint, and finish as desired.

  12. Step: 12

    For more free building plans and DIY project ideas, visit www.JenWoodhouse.com.