Shoe Bench #4: Staining and Glue

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Blog entry by Jeremy Greiner posted 03-14-2011 04:13 AM 2745 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the legs and trim cut and sanded I taped up the glue areas and stained them with a general finishes mahogony stain.

The staining went well, poplar seems to take well enough to the stain to give me the darker look that I’m going for. The next day I was going to start glueing everything up but when I got home from work my dragon age 2 pre-order was sitting on my porch.

Wednesday I was able to put the controller down long enough to start glueing parts on plywood frame.

Glue up took a a few days because I glued a few pieces at a time to make sure everything went on correctly. I was worried that if I tried to glue everything at once that I wouldn’t get everything in place in time.

Everything went well with the glue up and I was able to start finishing this weekend.

So far I’ve got about 4 coats on the base and I should be able to add a few more in the next few days and I can start on the top.


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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Joe Dusel

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 09:21 AM

“Your” bench design looks interesting, but it looks like a ton of work. Here’s what my design looks like in quarter-sawn Red Oak and solid Jarrah book-matched panels for the sides and back. My version does include mortise and tenon joints.


-- Joe,

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Jeremy Greiner

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 03:35 PM

Hi Joe,
The original sketchup design I made used mortise and tennon joints but I couldn’t get them to work properly. But that is completely my inexperience as a woodworker, so my second sketchup design was made using techniques I’ve had more practice with.

The original design, (which the second design was based from) was all derived from if you are the craftsman behind these benches they are truely beautiful pieces of work.

The use of the quoted “your” makes it seem that you are offended with something about my bench. If i’ve offended you with my technique or by deriving from your design I appologize that was not my intention. I just wanted to make a good looking shoe bench for my entryway and I really liked the design at and so I set out to make a similliar one.


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 07:16 PM

Jeremy, it looks like you are doing a great job on your bench. Thanks for the kind words on mine. I’ve seen other copies of some of my shoe bench designs, which I must admit is flattering; but I do appreciate getting a link back to when someone uses one of my designs since this is how I feed the family. It’s hard to compete against all of the junk from China these days.

This is our less expensive Tansu II shoe bench, which is similar to the design you finally derived; but our bench is assembled using RTA hardware so we can ship them flat. You can even check out the assembly instructions on the web site. And you are right, the 3/4” back makes these very strong. On one of our websites we show a picture of me and my blogging partner sitting our combined weight of about 400 lbs on one.

Here is a tip for you on the legs. Cut the notch using a regular saw blade setting the blade height and distance from the fence to the thickness of your panels. Dado blades are dangerous. Make sure you do this operation with good push sticks. I highly recommend the ones that Felder sells.

-- Joe,

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