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Storage Bench

  • September 25, 2017


This is the perfect bench for a number of places. The entryway, the foot of the bed or even under the TV would be a great place to have additional seating and hidden storage. The half lap construction, not only looks great but is a good solid place to take a seat or store whatever you need to get out of sight. Drawer slides help the seat glide effortlessly across the top of the bench.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Per the plans provided, cut and assemble the sides using #20 biscuits and wood glue, clamp and let dry.

    2. Step: 2

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      Cut and assemble the top and bottom using wood glue and 1-1/4" pocket screws OR #20 biscuits.

    3. Step: 3

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      Assemble the frame of the bench with wood glue and 1-1/4" brad nails.

    4. Step: 4

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      Install the filler strips on the bottom shelf and the seat rails and supports with wood glue and 1-1/4" brad nails. Then, drill pocket holes (3/4" joining material thickness) in the feet and flip the bench over and install the feet with 1-1/4" pocket screws

    5. Step: 5

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      Finish the bench with wood stain of your choice and cover the seat with 2" foam and fabric of you choice. When stapling the fabric to the seat do make sure to leave each end of the seat clear where the drawer slides will be located so there is no rubbing.

    6. Step: 6

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      Finally, install the drawer slides to the bottom of the seat and then attach to the bench seat rails.

Comments (2)


  • Where did you purchase the slides for this project?
    By shop4camp, on February 14, 2018
    • You can find bench seat rails at a home improvement store, such as The Home Depot.
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 14, 2018

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Storage Bench

by Rogue Engineer
Sep 25, 2017
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This is the perfect bench for a number of places. The entryway, the foot of the bed or even under the TV would be a great place to have additional seating and hidden storage. The half lap construction, not only looks great but is a good solid place to take a seat or store whatever you need to get out of sight. Drawer slides help the seat glide effortlessly across the top of the bench.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 8f7bc50b c4b8 45b8 a1b2 925155e5a569

    Per the plans provided, cut and assemble the sides using #20 biscuits and wood glue, clamp and let dry.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge f717ca64 9729 419a be3d 8e73bb9723d9

    Cut and assemble the top and bottom using wood glue and 1-1/4" pocket screws OR #20 biscuits.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge ca721783 6860 4635 923d 2f505f0a3474

    Assemble the frame of the bench with wood glue and 1-1/4" brad nails.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 03fe1dd3 4a2c 4f8c 834d db446630f8b8

    Install the filler strips on the bottom shelf and the seat rails and supports with wood glue and 1-1/4" brad nails. Then, drill pocket holes (3/4" joining material thickness) in the feet and flip the bench over and install the feet with 1-1/4" pocket screws

  5. Step: 5
    Huge f840af93 37bf 4f54 9b02 d51d349d30f5

    Finish the bench with wood stain of your choice and cover the seat with 2" foam and fabric of you choice. When stapling the fabric to the seat do make sure to leave each end of the seat clear where the drawer slides will be located so there is no rubbing.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge e280e0a1 66fb 4012 8a84 f2388e20b3ec

    Finally, install the drawer slides to the bottom of the seat and then attach to the bench seat rails.