This bench is a shoe bench on the front ... and hides a compartment in the back for boots or storage! This creates a generous bench seat, but shallow shoe storage (so shoes don't get lost in the back), and lots of hidden (but accessible) storage in the back.
Step by step plans with video tutorial from Ana-White.com
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- 22 feet of 1x12 boards
- 2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
- 17-1/4" x 72" back (1/4" plywood or similar)
- 1 - 1x12 @ 72" (bench top)
- 2 - 1x12 @ 16-1/2" (bench sides)
- 1 - 1x12 @ 70-1/2" (bench bottom)
- 2 - 1x12 @ 13-1/4" (dividers)
- 2 - 1x12 @ 21" (shelves)
- 2 - 1x3 @ 70-1/2" (bottom supports)
- 1/4" plywood for back is 17-1/4" x 72"
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!
After cutting all the boards, we built this bench by first attaching the legs to the top shelf and the bottom shelf. These are the main structural joints, so we used 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Since we knew this bench would be covered on both sides by walls, we placed the pocket holes on the outsides of the sides.
For the dividers, we just nailed and glued those in place with 1-1/4" nails.
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.