Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DIY Flip Top Bench Free Plans

DIY flip top bench with pull out bins and free plans

Yes for friends who think alike and love to build furniture to fit their space and needs!  Today I'm so, so happy to provide plans for my friend Charlotte over at Ciburbanity for her flip top mudroom bench.  

Let's start with the fact that Charlotte has 5 little ones and she still finds time to pull off this build - amazing.  You absolutely must see the finished flip top bench over at her place and then come back for the plan details here.

DIY flip top bench with pull out bins and free plans

Charlotte designed the bench to flip up which creates shallow storage in the seat for gloves, hats, scarves, etc.  And below she added pull-out bins for shoes, one for each of her kids.

All the finish details and hardware information are posted over at Charlotte's place and below I have the step by step instructions for building your own flip top bench.  Always follow all safety guidelines when operating power tools.



Supplies:
  • 1 – ¾” plywood sheet
  • 1 – ½” plywood sheet
  • 2 – 1x4x6 pine board
  • 1 – 1x3x6 pine board
  • 50‘ – ¾” x ¼” lattice
  • 1 ¼” pocket hole screws
  • 1 ¼” finish nails
  • ¾” finish nails
  • wood glue
  • 2 – 3” hinges
  • 20 – 2” non-swivel casters
  • 5 cup pulls
Cut List:
BENCH:
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 62 ¼” x 15 ¾” (top)
  • 1 – ¾” plywood @ 60 ½” x 13 ½” (base)
  • 2 – 1x4 @ 60 ½” (storage front and back)
  • 2 – ¾” plywood @ 18” x 15” (sides)
  • 4 – ¾” plywood @ 14 ½” x 15” (dividers)
  • 5 – 1x3 @ 11 ½” (base cross supports)
  • 1 – ¾” x ¼” lattice @ 62 ½” (front seat trim)
  • 2 – ¾” x ¼” lattice @ 15 ¾” (sides seat trim)
  • 2 – ¾” x ¼” lattice @ 62”, both ends 45 miter (front bench trim)
  • 2 – ¾” x ¼” lattice @ 3 ½”, both ends 45 miter (front sides bench trim)
  • 6 – ¾” x ¼” lattice @ 14 ½” (front trim)
PULL OUT BIN (for 1 bin):
  • 2 – ½” plywood @ 13” x 11” (sides)
  • 2 – ½” plywood @ 11” x 11” (front & back)
  • 1 – ½” plywood @ 14” x 11” (base)
  • 2 – ¾” x ¼” lattice @ 11 ½”, both ends 45 miter (sides trim)
  • 2 – ¾” x ¼” lattice @ 11”, both ends 45 miter (top &  bottom trim)

free plans mudroom bench

Step 1: Attach front and back 1x4 sides to storage base using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.  Note predrilled pocket holes for attaching sides in next step.


free plans mudroom bench

Step 2: Attach sides to bench portion using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.


mudroom bench with storage free plans

Step 3: Attach dividers to storage base using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.


diy mudroom bench

Step 4: Attach base cross supports to dividers using wood glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.


free plans mudroom bench

Step 5: Attach bench top using 3” hinges.  Consider a slow closing hinge to avoid pinched fingers.


free plans mudroom bench

Step 6: Attach bench top trim sides and front using wood glue and ¾” finish nails.


free plans mudroom bench

Step 7: Attach bench front trim using wood glue and ¾” finish nails.

mudroom bench pull out bins free plans

mudroom bench pull out bins free plans

Step 1: Attach front and back to sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.


mudroom bench pull out bins free plans

Step 2: Attach base using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.


mudroom bench pull out bins free plans

Step 3: Attach front trim using wood glue and ¾” finish nails.

Attach wheels to base at corners and handle pull at center.

A huge thank you to Charlotte at Ciburbanity for letting me make these plans to go along with her bench.  Collaborating with friends and fellow builders is the best of both worlds and we're all stronger together.

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