Entryway Organizer

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buildsomething added on 12/3/2015

This entryway organizer hold coats, hats, gloves, and more to keep clutter under control, and looks great doing it. You can build one yourself using several basic tools, a few pieces of plywood, one board and some inexpensive molding. With a shelf-pin jig, and you can add adjustable shelves, too.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

1

Make the Bench Uprights

Cut four Bench Uprights to size from 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then, with your pocket-hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes where shown. Note that you’ll be creating two “pairs” of uprights.

 TIP: PUT THE BEST FACE OUTWARD

When you buy plywood, it usually has one face that looks better than the other. When building this project, place the pocket holes in the less-attractive face. The better-looking face will be the one that shows, so by positioning your pocket holes this way, the best-looking face of each plywood part will be the most visible.

2

Make the Bench Backs

Cut three Bench Backs to size from 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then, with your pocket-hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes where shown. When drilling these pocket holes, note that along the side edges, the pocket holes are offset. That’s so when you assemble the bench later, the screws won’t run into each other.

3

Make the Bench Rails

Cut three Bench Rails to length from a 1x4 board, as shown in the cutting diagram. With your pocket-hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes where shown. These three Rails are all identical.

4

Assemble the Bench Base

Sand the parts smooth, and then assemble the bench base, as shown. To do that, you’ll attach the Bench Rails and Bench Backs to the Bench Uprights using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Make sure all of the parts are oriented properly before you drive in the screws.

5

Make the Bench Seat

Cut a Bench Top to size from 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then sand the Bench Seat Smooth.

6

Attach the Bench Seat

Now you can attach the Bench Seat, as shown. Align the Seat so that it overhangs the base by 3/4" at the front and ends. Then attach the Seat using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

7

Make the Locker Uprights

Cut four Locker Uprights to size from 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Select two to be the left and right “outer” Uprights. With your pocket-hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes where shown. The other two will be the “inner” Uprights. Drill the same pocket holes in these inner uprights. To add adjustable shelves, use a shelf pin jig (we used one made by Kreg) to drill shelf pin holes, as shown. The advantage of a shelf pin jig is that it makes it easy to get consistent shelf spacing so that you’ll have level, wobble-free shelves.

8

Complete the Locker Uprights

The other two Locker Uprights will be the “inner” Uprights. Drill the same pocket holes in these inner uprights. To add adjustable shelves, use a shelf pin jig (we used one made by Kreg) to drill shelf pin holes, as shown. The advantage of a shelf pin jig is that it makes it easy to get consistent shelf spacing so that you’ll have level, wobble-free shelves.

9

Make the Locker Backs

Cut three Locker Backs to size from 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then, with your pocket-hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes where shown. Note that, once again, the pocket holes along the side edges are offset.

10

Make the Locker Top and Shelves

Cut a Locker Top to size from 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then drill four holes through the Locker Top, near the front edge, as shown. These holes will be used later to screw the upper cubby section of the organizer to the lockers. You can also go ahead and cut four Locker Shelves to size now, too. Sand the Locker Top and Shelves smooth.

11

Assemble the Locker Base

Sand the parts smooth, and then assemble the locker base, as shown. To do that, you’ll attach the Locker Backs to the Locker Uprights using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Make sure all of the parts are oriented properly before you drive in the screws.

12

Attach the Locker Top

Now you can attach the Locker Top, as shown. Make sure that the four holes you drilled in the Locker Top are positioned at the front, and that the Top overhangs the base by 3/4" at the front and ends, and. Then attach the Top using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

13

Make the Cubby Uprights

Cut four Cubby Uprights to size from 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Again, you’ll make two “pairs” of Cubby Uprights. With your pocket-hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes where shown.

14

Make the Cubby Backs

Cut three Cubby Backs to size from 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then, with your pocket-hole jig set up for 3/4" material, drill pocket holes where shown. Note that, once again, the pocket holes along the side edges are offset.

15

Make the Cubby Top

Cut a Cubby Top to size from 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Then sand the Cubby Top Smooth.

16

Assemble the Cubby Base

Sand the parts smooth, and then assemble the cubby base, as shown. To do that, you’ll attach the Cubby Backs to the Cubby Uprights using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Make sure all of the parts are oriented properly before you drive in the screws.

17

Attach the Cubby Top

Now you can attach the Cubby Top, as shown. Make sure that Top overhangs the base by 3/4" at the front and ends, and. Then attach the Top using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

18

Attach the Lockers to the Bench

Now you cans start final assembly. Start by positioning the Locker assembly on top of the bench. Make sure that lockers are positioned evenly from side to side, and that the Locker backs are flush with the rear edge of the Bench Seat. Then secure the Lockers using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

19

Attach the Cubbies to the Lockers

Next, position the Cubby assembly on top of the Lockers. Make sure that cubbies are positioned evenly from side to side, and that the Cubby backs are flush with the rear edge of the Locker. Now insert a drill bit into holes in the Locker Top from underneath and press to mark locations of holes in cubby uprights. Remove cubby assembly and drill pilot holes about 3/4" deep in the Cubby Uprights. Then, reposition the cubby assembly. Secure the Cubby Backs using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. Secure the Cubby Uprights by driving 2" screws through the Locker Top and into the Cubby Uprights, as shown.

20

Dress It Up with Screen Molding

With everything assembled, you’ll want to cover the exposed plywood edges. Simple screen molding works great. Cut the screen molding pieces to fit. Where pieces meet at the corners of the Seat and Tops, you can miter the ends at 45°, or simply make straight cuts, overlap the pieces, and then sand the corners smooth. Once the glue dries, sand your organizer as necessary, and then apply paint or stain. Install coat hooks in the outer lockers, slip in the shelves, and you can put your organizer to work.

 TIP: DRIVE NAILS WITH AIR POWER

You can glue the screen molding on and use strips of masking tape to hold the molding until the glue dries. If you have access to an air-powered brad nailer, though, you can speed up the process. Just glue on the molding and then drive in brad nails. It’s a lot easier than trying to pound nails in with a hammer, and, with an air nailer, you don’t have to worry about drilling pilot holes to prevent splitting. Though the glue will hold the molding on tight, the brad nails hold everything in place while the glue dries—without the need for tape or clamps. The nails are small and hardly show, but you may want to cover the nail holes with wood filler before you paint or stain.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(2) 3/4" Thick, Full Sheet, Plywood  
(1) 3/4" Thick, Half Sheet, Plywood  
(1) 1x4, 48", Board  
(6) 1/4" x 3/4", 96", Screen Molding  

Hardware/Supplies:

Parts/Cut List:

(4) bench upright , 3/4" ply x 19 1/4" x 15 3/4"  
(3) bench back , 3/4" ply x 14" x 10"  
(3) bench rail, 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 14"  
(1) bench seat, 3/4" ply x 20" x 46 1/2"  
(4) locker upright, 3/4" ply x 11 3/4" x 46 1/2"  
(3) locker back, 3/4" ply x 14" x 46 1/2"  
(1) locker top, 3/4" ply x 13 1/2" x 46 1/2"  
(3) locker shelf, 3/4" ply x 11" x 13 7/8"  
(4) cubby uprights, 3/4" ply x 12 3/4" x 11 3/4"  
(3) cubby back, 3/4" ply x 14" x 11 3/4"  
(1) cubby top, 3/4" ply x 13 1/2" x 46 1/2"  
(24) front molding, 1/4" x 3/4" x cut to fit  

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