How to Build a Rolling Storage Bench

Carter Oosterhouse builds a movable bench with wheels and open storage.

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Materials and Tools:

plywood
3-1/2"x1" pine trim
narrow crown staples
casters with screws
stain
tape measure
pencil
pneumatic stapler
clamp
screwdriver
paintbrush

Steps:

1. Cut the plywood down to size. You'll need three large pieces to serve as the box frame of the bench and four smaller dividers to fit inside the box to create the open storage.

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2. On one of the long pieces, measure and mark four equally-spaced lines, beginning with the two side pieces along the edge. When the four perpendicular pieces are in place, you'll have three equally-sized cubby holes.

3. Glue and staple the four dividers into place along the marks. The two side pieces should overlap the edge of the long piece.

4. Place another long plywood board on top of the perpendicular boards so that it meets at an angle with the first long board. Glue and staple it into place.

5. Flip the unit over and attach the final long piece so that only one side of the dividers is exposed. This will serve as storage cubbies.

6. Secure clamps on to the unit to hold the pieces together tightly while the glue dries.

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7. Now the framework is done, it is time to decorate the bench. Add 3-1/2"x1" pine trim with mitered corners so the pieces fit together flush. Glue and staple the trim along the top with a 3/4" overlay to comfortably hold cushions. Continue adding pine strips along the exposed edges. (Tip: Hold a 3/4" block up to the trim as you nail it into place to make sure the pieces are lined up consistently.)

8. Screw casters on to the bottom of the bench for mobility.

9. Stain or paint the piece as desired. Add cushions and you're done.

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