Storage Bench and Shelf Unit

(A PDF version of this project is available for Building a Storage Bench and Shelf)

Construction Plan

Colour bench

Difficulty Level: Easy
Completion Time: Less than 8 hours

 

Storage Bench

Perfect for a busy family, stay organized with this multi-purpose storage bench. Use in a hallway or room on its own or combine with a shelf unit.

60" wide x 16" high (without legs).


Two layers of MDF 3/4" are used to build the box, forming
a solid frame into which dividers are inserted.

Bench

Tools and Materials

• Table saw

• Screwdriver-drill (electric or cordless)

• Measuring tape

• Countersink drill bit for No. 8 screws

• Pencil

• Carpenter’s square

• 1 sheet MDF, 3/4" x 48" x 96"

• 1 ¼" No. 8 screws

• Wood glue

• 6 legs

Note:

White melamine shelving/sheets

can be used in place of MDF. Use iron-on

white veneer to finish off cut edges.


 

Before you Start

Cutting Plan

Mark each piece clearly with the corresonding letter before
assembling. After cutting the piesec, sand the edges smooth.

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Elevations

views

 

Bench Assembly

Always pre-dill holes and use a countersink bit before inserting the
screws. Glue all pieces into place first before screwing them together.

Inner Box (Fig. 1)

Assemble the inside "box" by screwing parts B between top and bottom A (one part B at each end of A).
 
The other parts B act as dividers and will form four compartments 13 11/16" wide. Using this measurement, make pencil marks on either side of top and bottom parts A so that you know both whereto position the dividers and where to insert the screws. Slide the dividers into position and screw them into place directlythrough the top and through the bottom of parts A.


Note: Do not align the screw on the pencil markings as these indicate the outside edges of B, not the centre. For greater accuracy, mark each side of the dividers B onto the top and bottom parts A and insert the screws between the pencil marks.

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Outer Box (Fig. 2)


Apply wood glue to attach sides D to the bench, as shown; use clamps to hold them in position. Let the glue dry according to manufacturer's instructions.

Glue the outer top and bottom parts C to the inner top and bottom parts A and use clamps to hold them in position until the glue is dry.

Paint the bench.

Screw the six legs into the base of the bench (four corners and middle). The three back legs should be flush with the back edge of the bench, while the three front legs should be set back about 1 ½"
from the front edge. The legs at the four corners must be set in about 1 ½" from the side edges.
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Shelf Unit

This unit is the perfect partner for the storage bench. Measures 19 ½" wide x 75 ½" high.
It is constructed in exactly the same way as the bench, the main frame being built from a
double layer of 3/4" MDF to form a solid box, into which dividers are inserted (in this case,
the dividers become the shelves).
Shelf

Tools and Materials

• Table saw

• Screwdriver-drill (electric or cordless)

• Measuring tape

• Countersink drill bit for No. 8 screws

• Pencil

• Carpenter's square

• 2 sheets MDF, 3/4" x 48" x 96"

• 1 ¼" No. 8 screws

• Wood glue
 

Before you start

Cutting Plan


Mark each piece clearly with the corresponding letter before
assembling. After cutting the pieces, sand the edges smooth.
The quantities listed below are for one (1) bookcase.

 

 

FrontView
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Shelf Unit Assembly

The shelf unit is assembled in exactly same way as the bench. Only the measurements are different. Always use a countersink bit to pre-dill holes before inserting the screws. Glue the pieces into place first before screwing them together.

Inner Box (Fig. 3)
 

Assemble the inside "box" by screwing two parts E between sides F (one part E at each end of F).
 
The other parts E will become the shelves, forming five compartments of 14". Using this measurement, make pencil marks on the inside and outside of parts F so that you know both where to position shelves E and where to insert the screws. Align the shelves with these marks, slide them into position and screw them in place directly through the sides of F.
 


Important note: Do not align the screw on the pencil mark itself, as this indicates the outer edge of E, not its centre. For greater accuracy, mark each edge of E (i.e. the thickness of the shelf) onto F and align the screw between the two pencil marks.

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Outer Box (Fig. 4)

Apply wood glue to attach sides H to each side of the bookcase and use clamps to hold them in position. Let the glue dry according to manufacturer's instructions.
 
Glue top and bottom G to parts E and use clamps to hold them in position until the glue is dry.
 
Paint the shelf unit.
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