Build a Wooden Crate Storage Bench

1-2 hours

Personalize your home with this one-of-a-kind storage bench built with wooden crates

Build a Wooden Crate Storage Bench


WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Measure the legs
Measure the legs - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

On the 1 x 4-inch x 6-foot board, measure and make a mark every 17 1/4 inches for four equal sections. There will a little board left over that will be cut off.

2
Measure the boards
Measure the boards - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

• On the 1 x 12-inch x 8-foot board, measure and mark one section of the board at 37 ½ inches for the top board, mark one section at 36 inches for the bottom board, and mark a final piece at 9 ½ x 4-inch for the support.
• See this cut diagram for details.

3
Cut the pieces
Cut the pieces - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

Tip: On the second board, it’s easiest to cut out the top and bottom pieces prior to cutting the support piece. Use a circular saw to make the cuts at the measured marks for the four legs, top board, bottom board and support piece.

4
Paint and let dry
Paint and let dry - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

• Paint or stain all wood sections and the two large crates.
• Allow to completely dry before assembly.

5
Pre-drill holes
Pre-drill holes - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

Pre-drill two holes at the center of the bottom board, one 3 inches from the edge and the next one 3 inches from the first.

6
Connect support pieces
Connect support pieces - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

• Push the 2-inch wood screws through the pre-drilled holes on the bottom board and align the 9 1/2-inch edge of the support piece flush with the edge of the board and centered over the two screws. Push the support piece down onto the screws to make an indention mark into the support piece. Drill starter holes in the support piece where the indention marks are, then apply wood glue along the edge.
• Align the pre-drilled holes in the bottom board on top of the support piece again, and drill the 2-inch wood screws through the pre-drilled holes in the bottom board and into the support piece aligned below.

7
Connect the crates
Connect the crates - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

Tip: Pre-drilling holes in the crate slats will help keep the wood slats from splitting. 

• Turn the two large crates slat side down and attach them side by side in the center using 1 ¼-inch wood screws in each of the four corners.

8
Attach bottom board
Attach bottom board - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

Align the back of the crates with the edge of the bottom board and use a ¾-inch wood screw in the bottom corners of each crate to attach the crates to the bottom board.

9
Attach legs
Attach legs - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

Attach legs to the outside of the bench ends with 1 1/4-inch wood screws in each of the inside crate corners. Ensure legs are flush with the left and right edges of the crate ends.

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Add top board
Add top board - Build Wooden Crate Storage Bench

Place top board on top of crates and attach from inside of the crate using ¾-inch wood screws in each corner.