Hall Tree Storage Bench

Marc Spagnuolo

A hall tree is a great way to store jackets, coats, hats, and scarves and with the help of handy storage compartments, it can easily store gloves and footwear. While the versions shown in the series is painted, the project was designed for both paint and clear finishes.

85" H x 72" W x 22" D

  • 12 lessons
  • 233 min
  • $79.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Introduction

    A tour of the project and a discussion about tools and joinery.

  2. Bench Frames

    The side and front frames are made from solid stock.

  3. Side Assembly

    The side frames receive some joinery and a side panel.

  4. Bench Interior

    Joinery is added to the interior bench parts and the bottom and back are assembled.

  5. Bench Exterior & Top

    The base comes together after shaping the sides and front and then making the top.

  6. Upper Case Pt. 1

    The upper case parts are cut to size and the dados, rabbets and grooves are added.

  7. Upper Case Pt. 2

    The upper case is assembled.

  8. Face Frame

    The face frames are constructed separately then attached to the case.

  9. Faux Frame & Panel

    Thin strips are added throughout the cabinet to give the appearance of frame and panel construction.

  10. Crown Molding

    The crown molding is cut using the nested position at the miter saw.

  11. The Doors

    The doors are constructed and hung with European style hinges.

  12. Finish & Installation

    The milk paint and clear coat are added and the hall tree moves to its final home.

What You’ll Receive

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What You’ll Learn

  • Cutting down plywood
  • Cabinet construction including joinery like dados, rabbets, and grooves.
  • Face-Frame construction
  • Constructing a solid wood seat
  • Frame & panel door construction
  • European cup hinge installation
  • Installing crown molding
  • Painting via HVLP
  • Topcoating via HVLP


What You’ll Need


  • 3/4” Plywood – 5 Sheets
  • 1/2” Plywood – 1 Sheet
  • 1/4” Plywood – 1 Sheet
  • Crown Molding – 10 Linear Feet
  • 4/4 Hardwood – 22-27 BF
  • 8/4 Hardwood – 26-32 BF


  • Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber or use hand planes)
  • Tablesaw with a Miter Gauge or sled
  • Dado Stack
  • Router
  • Router table with a 1/4″ undersized plywood bit
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Circular Saw or Track Saw

Hardware & Stuff


This is my first WWG project. Should not be the last one for sure.
Why 5 stars ?
1. the object itself is so useful (or was for me).
2. The quality of everything in the offer : audio, video, explanations and, not the least for a foreigner like me : the clarity of Marc’s English -diction, correction, speed, … .
3. The many tips and techniques that I could collect on my way to my own tree storage bench.

The main adaptions I made :
a) 3 columns only in order to fit my available space.
b) added ash veneer to the panels in order to further mimic solid hard wood and be able to use oil instead of paint.

Bruno Nitrosso
Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to FineWoodworking.com, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.