Shoe Bench #1: Back to the drawing board

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Blog entry by Jeremy Greiner posted 02-25-2011 04:45 AM 1828 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This past week I’ve been building a small bench that will sit in the entry hallway of my house to sit one while putting on or taking off shoes. It also will house unworn shoes to keep them out of the entry way instead of scattered around like they are now.

Unfortunatly, my first idea failed badly. I used 3/4’’ stiles to connect the legs with 1/4’’ plywood inside the styles much like a cabinet door. Here is what it was supposed to look like

The problem was I had 1/4’’ deep tennons due to placement on the legs they couldn’t get any deeper. This wasn’t nearly deep enough to hold everything together. I was concerned once I made the tennons but since I had everything cut I figured I’d make the mortises and try fit everything to see. I’m glad I did this because I also learned that the middle shelf really restricts shoe height and makes it difficult to access your shoes inside the bench.

I went back to the drawing board and I’m going to make the base out of 3/4’’ plywood like half a cabinet.

Then I’ll add the legs and trim to pretty everything up, but most of the stability and structure will come from the 3/4 plywood.

My end goal is to make this out of Walnut and Maple plywood, but for now I’m going to use borg oak ply and stained poplar.


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