Outdoor Storage Bench Woodworking Plans

Perfect for a deck, patio or pool area, this solid-cedar bench is designed to provide comfortable seating and ample storage.

Though it's built to withstand outdoor exposure, it's handsome enough that you might decide to keep it inside to hold blankets or firewood.

Construction requires only a few woodworking power tools: a router, a table saw, a drill and a jigsaw. We cut the grooves and rabbets using a table saw, but you could use a router table and a straight bit. Pocket-screw joinery keeps the frame assembly simple.

Note: The 1x6 and 1x8 cedar that we bought at a home center is 7/8 in. thick. If you are using 3/4-in.-thick lumber, you'll need to make the appropriate adjustments.