A drawer bench to tidy up entryways and children's room. Think outside the entryway - bathrooms, reading nooks or even nightstands!
I love this! So simple, yet functional. I love the nice big roomy drawer too!
Like all of the plans that I design, this collection is based off standard with boards. The base is built by what we will call a 1x18 (actually a project board 18" wide, 3/4" thick) but you can with no other modification substitute in a wider or narrower width board. For example, let's say you want to make three of these and want to use plywood. What you could do is cut your plywood into 1x16s (15 1/2" wide strips 8' long) to get three strips out of one sheet of plywood. Then simply use 1x16s instead of 1x18s. How cool is that?
Even the drawer bottom works with this idea - it's a 1x18. And because the drawer is deeper, you will need to use side mount drawer slides.
1 set of 18″ drawer slides
10′ of 1×18 Boards
2 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Long
1 - 1×10, 6′ Long
25 1/4″ of 1×12 Board
2 Drawer Pulls
2″ Screws or Nails
1 1/4″ Screws or Nails
Wood Glue and Finishing Supplies
2 – 1×18 @ 27″ (Bench Box Top and Bottom)
2 – 1×18 14 3/4″ (Bench Box Sides)
2 – 1×2 @ 18″ (Drawer Slide Supports)
4 – 1×2 @ 18 1/4″ (Legs)
4 – 1×2 @ 25 1/2″ (Trim)
1 – 1/4″ Plywood @ 14 3/4″ x 28 1/2″ (Back)
2 – 1×10 @ 18″ (Drawer Sides)
1 – 1×18 @ 23″ (Drawer Bottom)
1 – 1×10 @ 24 1/2″ (Drawer Back)
1 – 1×12 @ 25 1/4″ (Drawer Face)
Please be aware that this drawer bench uses a standard 1x12 as a drawer face. The width we use for 1x12s is 11 1/2" wide (saves waste when ripping your own from plywood) and you should always measure your 1x12s and adjust accordingly to ensure an even 1/8" gap around door fronts.
Build the bench box as shown above. Prefered method is pocket hole screws and glue. But if you don’t have pocket hole screws, this bench is fully framed, so finish nails or countersunk screws will do just fine. Use 2″ fasteners and glue. Check for square. With any drawer, you need to be very very square or your drawer will stick.
Attach the legs to the front and back of the bench, tops flush. Make sure you also fasten to the drawer slide supports. Use 2″ finish nails or screws and glue. If you have a Kreg Jig™, build your frame first, then attach the entire frame with finish nails.
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