Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Restoration Hardware Inspired Vintage Workshop Storage Bench

11.07.11 By //
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I think this is on the list of ‘to be built’ items for my Monster Mash’s bedroom makeover (coming soon). I have a vision of how I hope things might work in there, but we shall see if that becomes a reality in the way I imagine it. Things have a way of going askew in the world of design, so fingers crossed this doesn’t!

Estimated Cost

Under $25


Tape Measure

Safety Gear


Kreg Jig



2 – 1×2 at 8′

1 – 1×8 at 6′

1 – 2×2 at 8′

1 – 2×8 at 8′

Cut List

4 – 2×2 at 16 1/2″ Legs

2 – 2×2 at 11 1/2″ Supports

2 – 1×2 at 11 1/2″ Lower Rails

6 – 1×2 at 14 1/2″ Dividers

6 – 1×2 at 8 1/4″ Dividers

2 – 1×8 at 28 1/4″ Bottom Shelf

2 – 2×8 at 38″ Top


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

Construct the Panels: Fasten the Supports to the Legs using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2″ stock and your 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and glue. Fasten the Lower Rails to the Legs using your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. Be sure to create pocket holes for 1 1/2″ stock in the upper inner side of the legs so that you can easily attach the top later.

Step 2
Step 2

Attach the Bottom Shelf Boards: Use two adjacent boards and attach them to the leg units using your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. Be sure to have 1 of the pocket holes for each end of your boards fasten into the legs and the other into the lower rail.

Step 3
Step 3

Construct 3 Dividers: You will make these like you would make a face frame with the horizontal rails attaching to the veritcal styles using your Kreg Jig set for 3/4″ stock and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue. Be sure to place additional pocket holes in the vertical styles to attach to the bottom shelf as well as the top in a later step.

Using glue and your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws attach the dividers every 6 1/2″ to the bottom shelf. They should create equally spaced sections.

Step 4
Step 4

Attach the Tops: Using your 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and glue, attach to the legs and using your 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue, attach to the dividers. You can also simply nail your top boards to the unit and glue in place.

Finishing Instructions

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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