Free DIY Woodworking Plans for a Clothes Hamper
DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner
These free DIY woodworking plans were designed for and made to the specifications of a customer of Ben's Country Woodshop. But we thought this just might be a solution you are looking for. The see-through clothes hamper you used in your college dorm room may not fit your current lifestyle, so a classier looking clothes hamper may be right for you.
In addition to the instructions and photos below, we have created a pdf of these woodworking plans. The link to the pdf is at the bottom of this page.
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These free DIY woodworking plans require only a few tools.
The woodworking hand tools you need are:
- Kreg joint tool;
- tape measure;
- wood clamps; and
- your safety glasses.
The only woodworking power tools you will need are:
- circular saw;
- drill; and
- jig saw.
- One 16" wide and 72" long, 3/4 inch pine panel;
- One 24" wide and 72" long, 3/4 inch pine panel;
- One 24" wide and 48" long, 3/4 inch pine panel;
- 26 1 1/4 inch, coarse thread, Kreg pocket screws;
- Two 3" brass hinges;
- One 1 1/4" wood knob;
- Six 1 1/4" wood screws; and
- Six flush wood plugs.
The approximate cost to build this clothes hamper is $70.
SELECTING THE SOLID PINE PANELS:
As with any woodworking project, the better your raw materials, the easier your project. As you are selecting the pine panels, which are available at the big box stores, you need to do two things.
First, bring your tape measure with you, and measure the width and length of each wood panel. A difference of a 1/4 of an inch in width could spell disaster when trying to assemble these free DIY woodworking plans.
Secondly, lay each panel on the floor. Make sure all 4 corners are touching the floor. Flip it over, and check all 4 corners again. Look down the length of each panel to see if it is straight. You do not want bows and ridges in your panels. If the bow is small, you may be able to correct it with woodworking clamps. And, once connected, the Kreg pocket screws will hold it in place. BUT, start with the best panels you can find.
You will have a total of 7 pieces for this woodworking project. Cut the following pieces from the 24" pine panels:
- Front - 24" wide and 30"long;
- Back - 24" wide and 27" long;
- Top Cover - 24" wide and 17" long; and
- Top Back - 24" wide and 2" long.
Cut the following from the 16" wide pine panels:
- 2 side pieces - 16" wide and 30" long; and
- Bottom piece - 16" wide and 22 1/2" long.
SHAPING THE LEGS:
These free DIY woodworking plans call for both the front and side legs to be shaped at the bottom. The bottom of each leg is 3" wide, and the line at the top of the cutout is 3" from the bottom.
To get the rounded corners we used a compass to make a partial circle. You may use a glass or a bowl to get the rounded corners. The key is to make all 6 corners the same!
DRILLING WITH YOUR KREG POCKET JIG:
Before you drill your Kreg pocket holes, mark the worst side of your 2 side boards, and your bottom board with a light, penciled 'X'. This is the side that will be facing you when you put each piece into your Kreg joint tool.
On the side pieces mark which leg will be at the front, because that leg will have two pocket holes. The back leg of the side pieces will have none.
It is important that your side pieces be mirror images.
It is not necessary to put the pocket holes in exact spots.
The bottom piece will have 4 pocket holes on the short sides and 5 along the long sides.
To avoid conflicting Kreg pocket screws, drill the pocket holes on the corners 2" from the edge.
Neither of your top pieces, nor your front and back pieces will have pocket holes.
ASSEMBLING YOUR SOLID WOOD CLOTHES HAMPER:
To assemble your clothes hamper, clamp the front piece to a flat surface. Clamp one of your side pieces so that it is aligned on the top of the side edge of the front panel. When all is aligned and square, drive your Kreg pocket screws.
Next align your bottom inside the front and side pieces so that it is flush with the 3" cutout at the bottom. The pocket holes will be on the downside of the bottom piece.
Add your next side piece, and then connect the back.
ADD THE TOP:
Connect the 2" wide top piece to the sides and back with 1 1/4" wood screws. The holes for these screws will need to be placed symetrically, and the center of each hole needs to be 3/8" from the outside edge.
You want to hide the screws that go into these holes, so you
need to drill the holes with a countersink bit. The shiny part of the bit drills the hole for the shank of the screws. The darker part of the bit drills a larger hole for the head of the screw to fit into.
The wood plugs will also fit into the larger section of the holes you just drilled.
Once your 2" top piece is securely in place, you can attach the 3" hinges. These are put 2 1/2" from the side edge. Align the hinges with the top and screw then in.
The top opening of these free DIY woodworking plans was designed so that when the top was opened it would lean back, and not close on the user's head.
Your last step is to attach the wooden knob to the front of the top. This knob is optional as the front of the top has a 1 1/2" overhang that would make it easy to lift the top.
At the request of his customer, Ben drilled holes in the back and bottom of this clothes hamper to allow for ventilation.
You have built your first clothes hamper!
Now you can make one for each bedroom in the house.
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