An Easy to Build Bench with Storage Space
This is a great bench for any room in the house! The plans to build a Baker cubby bench are constructed using 3/4″ plywood with a solid wood base, and features three cubbies under the seat.
This is another fabulous weekend project in a plan suitable for all skill levels!
- 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
- 2-1/2″ screws
- Edge banding (<– affiliate link!)
- Wood glue
- Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
- Finishing supplies
- 2 – 1×2 at 6′
- Scraps of 2×2 = 18″
- 1 – 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 16″ x 46-1/2″ – Bottom
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 13-1/4″ x 16″ – Sides
- 4 – 2×2 at 4″ – Legs
- 2 – 1×2 at 11-1/2″ – Base
- 2 – 1×2 at 43-1/2″ – Base
- 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 12-1/2″ x 16″ – Dividers
- 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 16″ x 48″ – Top
Notes About the Project:
- Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembling
- Sand all of the pieces before putting the bench together
- This would be a great piece using the glue-resist technique on the seat!
Cut the pieces for the sides and the bottom. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes along the top edge of each side piece, as well as each shorter end of the bottom. Attach the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Cut the pieces for the base. Drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 pieces. Assemble the base using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. See the drawing for the position of the 1x2s on the legs.
Secure the base to the bottom, 3/4″ away from the edges, using glue and 2-1/2″ screws through the bottom into the top of the legs.
Cut the pieces for the dividers and drill pocket holes in the top and bottom edges. Secure the dividers to the bottom, spaced as shown in the drawing, using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Apply a bead of glue to the top edge of the sides and dividers. Position the top and secure with 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws through the sides and dividers into the top.
Finish the bench as desired!
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