Farmhouse Storage Bench

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addicted2diy added on 10/30/2019

This farmhouse storage bench is a great addition under a window or in your entryway. It can also be lengthened and used as a dining table bench! This project is built from a 2x4 base, which can be done with standard 2x4 lumber, or use the Adaptive Cutting System to make your own 2x4 boards.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Assemble the legs

Drill 1 1/2" pocket holes into the four stretchers for each side of the bench. Attach with wood glue and 2 1/2" pocket screws.


Attach the lower stretcher

Drill 1 1/2" pocket holes into the lower 2x4 stretcher. Center it between the legs and attach with wood glue and 2 1/2" pocket screws.


Add the aprons

Attach the 1x4 aprons to the front and back edges of the legs, flush with the top. Drill 3/4" pocket holes into each end and attach with wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket screws.


Attach the plywood bottom

Drill 1/2" pocket holes into the 1/2 plywood that will make up the storage compartment bottom. Attach flush with the bottom edge of the 1x4 and 2x4 frame pieces with 1" pocket screws.


Build the bench seat

Use a table saw or the adaptive cutting system to rip two 1x8 boards down to 6 5/8" widths. Cut to size and drill 3/4" pocket holes into the three long boards as well as the breadboard ends. Attach together with wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket screws.


Sand and finish

Sand the entire project down to 220 grit with an orbital sander or by hand. Finish as desired with paint or stain.


Attach the bench seat

Using 2 1/2" middle hinges, attach the bench seat to the base. Mark the location of the hinges and trace the outside edges with a pencil into the top of the base. Using a chisel and mallet, make a mortise into the wood deep enough for the hinges to fit into and the bench seat to sit flush with the top of the base (approx 1/8").

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(2) 2x4, 96", Board  
(2) 1x4, 96", Board  
(2) 1x8, 72", Board  
(1) 1/2" Thick, Quarter Sheet, Plywood  


(20) 2 1/2" pocket screws  
(30) 1 1/4" pocket screws  
(2) 2 1/2" middle hinges (1 package)  
(1) wood glue  
(1) 220 grit sandpaper  
(1) paint or stain  

Parts/Cut List:

(4) legs, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 17 1/4"  
(4) stretchers, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 9"  
(1) long stretcher, 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 43 1/2"  
(2) top aprons, 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 43 1/2"  
(1) plywood bottom, 1/2" x 14 1/2" x 43 1/2"  
(2) breadboard ends, 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 16 3/4"  
(2) 1x8 boards for seat, 3/4" x 6 5/8" x 41"  
(1) 1x4 board for seat, 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 41"  

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