Free DIY Woodworking Plans for a Clothes Hamper
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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 links to both the pdf and Page 2
is at the bottom of this page.

Page 2 is How to Assemble
this Wood Hamper Plan.

Click here or on the photo
to visit Page 2 of these
free diy woodworking plans.

Gather the Woodworking Tools on the List Below.


These free DIY woodworking plans require only a few tools.

The woodworking hand tools you need are:

  • Kreg jig;
  • pencil;
  • compass;
  • tape measure;
  • wood clamps; and
  • your safety glasses.

The only woodworking power tools you will need are:

  • circular saw;
  • drill; and
  • jig saw.

Shop for the Materials Needed Using the List Below.


  • 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.

Costs to Build This Clothes Hamper.


The approximate cost to build this clothes hamper is $90.

Select the Best 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.

Cutting the 7 Pieces for These Free DIY Woodworking Plans.

For making these cuts with a circular saw, we recommend that you use a cutting jig.  See our review of the Kreg Rip Cut jig. (Coming soon!)

Cut 4 pieces from the 24" pine panels.

You will have a total of 7 pieces for this woodworking project. Cut the following 4 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 3 pieces from the 16" wide pine panels.

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.

Use a Compass to Shape 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.

Use a Glass or a Bowl, If You Don't Have a Compass.

You may use a glass or a bowl to get the rounded corners. The key is to make all 6 corners the same!

Choose Which Side of Each Piece To Drill the Pocket Holes


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.

The Side Pieces Will Have Pocket Holes on Only One Side.

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.

The Bottom Has Pocket Holes on All 4 Sides.

Notice how the pocket holes are not drilled close to each corner, so that the risk of splitting is reduced.

To Get the Rest of This Wooden Hamper Plan:

Click on this link to go to Page 2.  This page will show the assembly of these free DIY woodworking plans.

  Click on the photo below to get the PDF.

To view the pdf for these free DIY woodworking plans, click on the photo.

Need More Woodworking Plans?

Check Out the Free Woodworking Plans from Kreg Tool Company!

Either click here or on the photo to see those Kreg Tool Plans that we have built.

OR Check out the Step Stool Plans We Have Created!

Click on this link, or on the photo to see our four step stool plans.  All can be built by the woodworking beginner!

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