storage bench

A kids storage bench

storage benchMade to last for years to come, a great place for kids to store art supplies such as paint brushes , paper , pens and pencils or use to store small toys and when used with our activity table will let your children color , paint and draw. The lower height will be great for small children. This storage bench with its rustic appearance will be a great addition to any room. And at three foot long it can hold two kids at a time
The cost for a storage bench of this type can run over $100 each



Back legs and back are the same piece and will require a smaller piece to attach to the front
Back  2 pc. 23″ long x 2  3/4″ wide
2 pc. 11 1/4″ long and 2 ” wide
Slats for the back
2 pc.  29″ long and 2 3/4″ wide
Back Apron
1 pc. 29″ long x 7 1/2 wide
Front and side aprons
Side apron  2  pc. 7 1/2″ long x 6″ wide
Front apron   1 pc. 29″ long x 6″ wide


   Making the Legs

       Then cut angels on all 8 pieces, you can cut any angle you want. We measured 1 inch over then 2 inches up , marked a line then cut them as shown in picture. After all the cutting is finished  add glue to the edge of the small boards and clamp them together.

Storage Bench Frame Assembly

Once all the pocket screws are in , take the small apron and attach to the back assembly and the front leg assembly as shown. Do this for the left and right side.


Now attach the front and rear apron, the front apron will be flush to the top of the front legs and the top of the back apron will be 1 1/2″ higher. Using pocket screws attack the aprons to the side of each leg. Now attach the slats for the back. Put in the top first the place the second between the top and the bottom apron.





To attach the bottom you must first add a  nailer to fasten the plywood to.  You need to rip a piece 3/4 x 3/4″. Cut to size of the inside of  the storage bench this is made out of scrap. Then add glue to one side and put in place . Make sure it is flush to the bottom. Use a brad nailer to attach to the apron. Using 1/2″ plywood cut to fit the inside and nail or screw to nailer.




 When making the lid and lid support,  add for the over hang you want on each side and the front  1/2 to 3/4″ works good.
Before adding the lid you need to add the lid support. This will be where the hinges for the lid will mount.  Drill pocket holes on the under side 4 should be good. Attach to the back apron with screws and glue. It needs to be solid because the lid will hinge on it. After the support is attached set the lid in place and install the hinges.