Flip Top Storage Bench

Submitted by trev88 on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 13:43

I came across Ana's website while searching for bench ideas and I liked her Flip Top Storage Bench a lot. I like the idea of wood lap joints which can add an antique effect, so I added two wooden squares in the corners of the top 1 x 4.

I still haven't put the lacquer finish on yet but will upload finished photos soon.

Estimated Cost
$50 (minus the finish)
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Whiteboard, which I believe is Spruce or Pine sometimes?
Finish Used
Minwax conditioner, Stained with Minwax Red Mahogany and will be finished with Sherwin Williams Vinyl Sealer then S-W Gloss lacquer.
Recommended Skill Level


Victoria Marie (not verified)

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 18:51

You did a great job with this! I love the finish.

I'm actually in the process of making it as my very first building project, and I have a question for you. My bench is kind of wobbly so far. I attached the shelves with one pocket hole in each corner (all that would fit) and I think that's the reason. I think I'm going to need to attach L brackets underneath the bottom shelf for support. How did you attach the shelf, and is your bench sturdy? Thanks! - Victoria


Tue, 04/24/2012 - 08:13


For the top shelf, I put two pocket screws in each board, in each corner (so 4 per corner).

For the bottom, I put one pocket screw underneath the 1x12 in the corners (total of 4 screws), then the 1x2 or 1x3 strip i nailed into the 1x12.

Everytime board touches board I use glue also. Mine is holding up pretty good and sturdy. I know this stuff is hard to explain so if you send a photo that might be easier to explain.


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