Flip Top Storage Bench New Plans

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 15:33
Difficulty
Beginner
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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!

Seattle (NOTE STORE CHANGE!!!)
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
dimensions are shown above

Preparation

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!

Instructions

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.
Project Type
Room

Comments

AmyKoopman (not verified)

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 09:42

okay. One Miss Jen Woodhouse (of the House of Wood) directed me here. And I know it's ballsy - this doesn't look like a beginner project - but methinks this is going to be my first one. Here goes nothin'! I'll post some pictures when it's done...that is, IF it's photoworthy. If not...well, I'll have some scrap wood to work with when I start over, right?

Eeeeee!

Gary (not verified)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 05:41

Ana, how did you go about finishes the edges? Roundover bit set shallow or something? We have several pieces of a brand name furniture that is a "attic" farmhouse styling so I'm looking at replicating the distressed finish to an extent. Plus something that will withstand a 7 year and 3 year old!

BrandyK (not verified)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:07

Please help. I just spent about 2 hours trying to figure out a cut list to make the bench a 5' bench like mentioned above. I added the 12" to all the length boards, but I'm unable to figure out how to make them fit in the smallest # of boards possible. I'm also trying to add the height to be 24" so I made each height board 23.25". But my brain just won't let me go from there. Is there a website or a program that helps this? Or is just the ol' calculator? Also, on the cut list you've got 2 - 1x2 @ 17 1/4 should there be 4 of these? if not, where am I coming up with my other 2 sides? are they a different width board? Thanks for your help!

BrandyK (not verified)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 11:11

Please help. I just spent about 2 hours trying to figure out a cut list to make the bench a 5' bench like mentioned above. I added the 12" to all the length boards, but I'm unable to figure out how to make them fit in the smallest # of boards possible. I'm also trying to add the height to be 24" so I made each height board 23.25". But my brain just won't let me go from there. Is there a website or a program that helps this? Or is just the ol' calculator? Also, on the cut list you've got 2 - 1x2 @ 17 1/4 should there be 4 of these? if not, where am I coming up with my other 2 sides? are they a different width board? Thanks for your help!

Elisha (not verified)

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 09:10

Ana, love the flip top bench plans. We have something similar in our breezeway. With three kids it's so helpful to have a place to sit and store all of our shoes. I love the shelf you have shown above the bench. Do you have plans for that? Need to build a storage/organizational space for all those coats, mitt, toques we seem to collect on our four season location.

Angela J.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 00:15

So I am building this bench with side storage, the bench will be 40" long but the supports will be 57" apart. If this makes sense should I add a 3rd support piece like the end pieces to the bench to make sure it is sturdy? or does anyone have any suggestions? Buying my supplies tomorrow. Thanks for any help :)