Flip Top Storage Bench New Plans

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:33
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How to build a storage bench with flip top and shelf. Free plans from Ana-White.com.

Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for your patience with me as we've been traveling for the past few weeks. It's been fun being on book tour but we are so happy to be on the home stretch.

I wanted to tell you that it's been quite sad to not only be without our child, but our child hasn't wanted to talk to us since we've been gone. Every time we call home, she's distracted and won't sit still to talk to us. Her behavior hasn't been angry - more like she's doing cartwheels or coloring, and doesn't want to be bothered.

I've been quite sad about it, and wondered if she's so grown up now that Mom and Dad being gone just doesn't matter much.

Well, we got the whole story this morning.

Aunt Sherry told Grace that her mama was really sad that she didn't want to talk to her on the phone.

And little Gracie said she DID want to talk to mama. But she was afraid she might start crying.

Now I'm the one crying!

So many of us here are Mom's that get to stay home with our children, as I have been blessed to do for the past five years. But we working Mamas don't have it any easier. There really is no shortcut or easy route to raising children, is there? We are so blessed to be parents and are very much looking forward to seeing our little one tonight!

But first, we are doing our final Home Depot Workshop book signing!

Hello Seattle!!!! I can't wait for our final Home Depot Workshop book signing tonight! If you are in the area I'd love to meet you! We will be at the Home Depot in Southcenter and the book is free with $20 purchase!

6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, October 18, 2012
6810 South 180th Street
Tukwila, WA 98188

A special thank you to those of you who made it to our Salt Lake City and Chicago Signings. At our Chicago signing, I met Jackie who asked for the storage bench plans from page 33. We do have these plans, but they are so old, I wanted to redraw for you - so here goes! Thank you Jackie!

One of my very first projects ever was this flip top storage bench. Years later, hundreds of pieces of furniture later, I still can’t part with this bench. I love it’s versatility, with a shelf below for storing shoes and boots, and a top that flips open to hold magazines, books, mittens, or whatever else you need close at hand but hidden neatly away.

So of course it’s inside the book, but now I am even more excited to share the completely redone plans to you!

dimensions are shown above


Shopping List

1 - 1x12 @ 12 feet long
1 - 1x4 @ 12 feet long
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

Cut List

4 - 1x3 @ 17 1/4"
2 - 1x4@ 38 3/4"
2 - 1X2 @ 38 3/4"
2 - 1X2 @ 17 1/4"
2 - 1X4 @ 8 1/4"
2 - 1X2 @ 8 1/4"
2 - 1X12 @ 42 1/2"
1 - 1x4 @ 48"
1 - 1x12 @ 48"

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

When I built my bench way back when, I did not even know about pocket holes. But you’ll find building this bench much easier with pocket hole construction. All you will need to do is make two frames for the front and back as shown in diagram.

Step 2

And then make two frames for sides with the 1x2 legs instead.

Step 3

Then just attach the four frames together, hiding pocket holes to insides.

Step 4

Test fit the shelves inside the frame. You want snug, not tight. If you need to, you can trim down shelves. Once the shelves fit right, drill 3/4” pocket holes around all sides and fit into place. Attach with 1 1/4” pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

The top front is just hinged to the top back with narrow profile hinges, installed inside the gap in between the top boards. The easiest way to do this is to position the bench top pieces as if the bench was fully open, and on the exposed inside edges, screw on hinges. Test to make sure bench closes well and adjust if necessary.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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In reply to by dmcarwin

Ana White

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 12:18

Hi Mindi! Yay! I am so glad you've built a project from the book - can't wait to see!!!! Glad the bench plans are useful to you!

This trip has really made me see how blessed we truly are to have a child. We are so thankful! She was quite happy to see us!!!



Fri, 10/19/2012 - 18:12

congrats on your book and going on tour without your daughter for 11 days. It must have been hard! Even though your are a mom, you still have to nurture your mind and your soul by following your own dreams and your own path even if that entails being away from your daughter for a time. By doing so it will only make your relationship with your daughter stronger. You have inspired so many with your gift and dedication, and in the process; inadvertently taught valuable life lessons to her. She has a great remodel and even though may have been sadden by (and you - her absence) your absence will one day exhibit your characteristics and may just inspire more individuals just you have done. Congrats!

btw thanks for the plans may just have to make this for our front hall.

Kristi R (not verified)

Sat, 10/20/2012 - 10:25

I love this bench! I have been on a search for a new piano bench that had storage for our music sheets. I just couldn't find something worth what price people were putting on them. I just need to bring the length of this down some and we will have our new piano bench! Anther great build!


Sun, 10/21/2012 - 00:05

Just made the bench this afternoon, turned out great and am using it as a fireside bench.

Thanks for all the free plans, I'm enjoying all the new ones in your book too!



Jackie Bramel (not verified)

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 07:57

Thank you so much Ana for these plans, finished the build yesterday and will post pics once I stain. It looks great and can't thank you enough for redrawing them! It was such a wonderful experience meeting you in Chicago! You're so sweet & patient!


~Sara~ (not verified)

Tue, 10/23/2012 - 09:38

Congrats on the book, the tour and your success overall!!!

I was just wondering what type of wood would work for this bench. Would Pine Softwood?

I am soooo new at this type of thing and just trying to get my husband on board so I can buy all of the needed things.

Jessica F (not verified)

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 19:37

Ana, where do you get your narrow profile hinges from? I looked at Lowes, but they didn't seem to have anything like that. Thanks!

Jessica F (not verified)

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 19:44

Ana, where do you get your narrow profile hinges from? I looked at Lowes, but they didn't seem to have anything like that. Thanks!

Carly (not verified)

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 07:17

Hi Ana,
I am wanting to build 2 storage benches that would fit underneath your modified 8 person square farmhouse table. Would this plan work for that? If not, could I modify it to make it work?

Stebbit (not verified)

Thu, 11/29/2012 - 22:57

I build this bench and it turned out great. Thanks! I'm trying to find some plans for the wall cabinet shown above the bench in your picture. Are those plans available?