Free Woodworking Plans to Build Chelsea Storage Component

06.19.11 By //

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This storage piece will actually work with the platform I provided plans for yesterday and will also work well for the additional sizes I plan to focus on this week! Since the storage unit sits on the platforms lengthwise it should be pretty interchangeable for whichever size you need! I am excited that this collection appears as though it is a built in yet retains the beauty of a fabulous piece of furniture.

Just like it's original counterpart, this project has many aspects that can be modified to taste, kind of like food… You can opt for decorative trim, cabinet doors for storage or keep it simple with open cubbies on top.

We are going to build on this collection quite a bit I think, assuming you enjoy the pieces (please comment or Like this project or the subsequent pieces, if you would like me to build on it and adapt it for many uses).

Let's get started!



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Kreg Jig – optional – definitely makes your work appear more professional when you are building furniture.

Pneumatic Nailer – optional as you can use a hammer and finish set to attach the trim or screws if you are using 1×2 boards for trim


1 – 1×2 @ 6'

6 – 1×2 @ 10'

2 sheets – 3/4″ Ply @ 4' x8'


1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws if you are using a Kreg Jig

1 1/4″ Screws

1 1/4″ finish nails – if you have trouble with finish nails you can use screws instead with 1×2 boards for trim.

3 Cabinet Door handles if you choose to build cabinets and add the center storage console with lift off top.

Wood Glue

Wood Filler


Finishing Supplies

Cut List 

2 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 15 1/4 x 73 1/2″ (Front and Back)

2 – 3/4″ Ply @ 16 1/2 x 73 1/2″ (Bottom and Top)

2 – 3/4″ Ply @ 15 x 15 1/4″ (Dividers)

2 – 3/4″ Ply @ 12 1/4 x 16 1/2″ (Outside Panels)

2 – 3/4″ Ply @ 13 x 16 1/2″ (Inside Panels)

2 – 3/4″ Ply @ 24 3/8 x 16 1/2″ (Center Horizontal Panels)

1 – 3/4″ Ply @ 23 1/4 x 16 1/2″ (Box Lid)

2 – 3/4″ Ply @ 14 3/4 x 15″ (Cabinet doors)

6 – 1×2 @ 16 1/2″ (Bottom and box lid trim)

2 – 1×2 @ 20 1/4″ (Box Lid Trim)

2 – 1×2 @ 23 1/4″ (Box Lid Front Trim)

2 – 1×2 @ 25 1/8″ (Bottom Cubby Trim)

2 – 1×2 @ 73 1/2″ (Bottom and Top Trim)

4 – 1×2 @ 10 3/4″ (Vertical Front Trim)

2 – 1×2 @ 15 1/4″ (Vertical Front Trim)

4 – 1×2 @ 30 1/2″ (Vertical Side Trim)

6 – 1×2 @ 15″ (Horizontal Side Trim)


Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.

Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Step 1 

Build the Basic Box, use your Kreg Jig on a 3/4 setting to attach the boards. If you aren't using a Kreg jig, use 1 1/4″ Screws and be sure to countersink for the most professional appearance. Fasten 1×2's to the bottom with the outside 2 flush with the outside of the box, and the interior 2 spaced equally.

Step 2

Step 2 

Build the upper Box, and fasten to the Basic Box. Using your Kreg Jig, you can fasten the red boards to the adjacent center dividers. It won't affect the stability of your unit if you are unable to do this, and you can use glue for this portion if you aren't a Kreg Jig owner.

Step 3

Step 3 

Attach the Cabinet Doors with hinges of your choice after you attach a Cabinet Door Handle of your choice in style. Create the box lid for the center storage compartment and add a matching door handle to it as well, so that you can lift it out easily.

Step 4

Step 4 

Trim out your box lid as indicated below. Use 1 1/4″ Finish Nails and glue.

Step 5

Step 5 

Trim out the Front of your unit as indicated in the diagram. Use 1 1/4″ Finish Nails and glue.

Step 6

Step 6 

Trim out the sides of your unit, use 1 1/4″ finish nails and glue.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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