Wood Slat Bench with Hideaway Cup Holders

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Project by brianarice posted 06-09-2014 01:27 AM 4959 views 9 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is a traditional wood slat bench with cast iron legs except that I added cup holders that can be hidden away. I got the cast iron legs from an individual on Craig’s List that said that they came from a 1930’s estate. They are at least 80 years old and beautifully detailed. Their condition was excellent aside from one broken tab for attaching the wood to. A bit of light cleaning and sanding was all that they needed before getting a new paint job.

The wood slats were made from cedar. The seat slats were fairly straight forward cuts and rounded edges with the router. The forward most slat was tapered and rounded off more to match the curve of the legs. The back was also a pretty basic layout except that I made the center panel into a set of cup holders that are hinged so that they can be put up and out of the way. The trickiest part was finding the right hinge point to keep the panel centered when closed yet still be able to open.

The stain color is black cherry and has a nice red/purple tone. It was then covered in several layers of gloss spar urethane.

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 03:39 PM

That is cleaver…. Nice idea might have to convert mine….. Love it!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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