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Cutoffs storage rack/table

So I finally got rid of the table and chairs I built for the furniture bank, but that table had been serving as the go to storage rack for all the cutoffs from the TS so I'm building another, but this one is specifically for lumber (small pieces 1-4 feet) and I want a top and 2 shelves underneath.. It's eventually going to double as a work bench as well so I want it sturdy, but not super heavy like most work benches.
So anyway the legs are 2 1/2 x 2 3/4..that's just the best dimensions I could get out of 2x6 lumber after planing smooth and trimming the edges..
I'm thinking of using dowels to support stretchers, etc.
I'm just wondering if it makes sense to make them completely through the legs and about an inch into the cross supports (stretchers, etc.) I'm thinking 2- 1/2" dowels (not 2 and a half inch dowels) and fill in the shelving area with some old plywood from old shelves I ripped up awhile back.. The top for the time being probably also ply until I have the money for something more substantial then probably 1 1/2 laminated 2x lumber, maybe thicker if I find I'm using it more as a work bench than storage later down the road.. You think 1/2" dowel would be strong enough? After all, there will be 12 in each leg, 2 for each cross piece.. Overkill?

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
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