Repurposed Paneled Door Bench

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Project by michaelray posted 08-09-2015 12:50 AM 2050 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally getting around to using some doors that were given to me a few months ago. Mostly playing around to see what I can come up with and in the process clear up some space in the shop.

The bench is made from a single door with some added scraps here and there. The seat panel is super reinforced with a stretcher directly beneath it with a plywood spacer the size of the panel for support.

Original glass door knobs that came with the doors are being reused as the finials (?), if that’s the correct word, on the top of the back rest. There was no way I was going to make this and not incorporate the knobs. Easily my favorite part of the project.

I debated the finish such as whether or not to paint the majority and stain some components but the majority opinion was to leave it as is after some mild distressing with the ROS – 100/220 grit. And I think the design lends itself to being left as is. I think most woodworkers would understand when a project “tells” you that it’s finished.

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#1 posted 08-09-2015 11:36 AM

I am always interested in re-purposed lumber.
Great Looking Bench.
Few years back I built a chair from a door. My catch phrase was “pull upa door and sit down”
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 08-09-2015 04:25 PM

I think you did a nice job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 08-10-2015 02:47 AM

great design. Bench and table are piece of art.

-- Dušan, Slovakia

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#4 posted 08-10-2015 04:14 PM

Brilliant repurposing project. Perfect example of one man’s junk is another’s treasure with ingenuity. Well done.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#5 posted 08-12-2015 02:50 AM

Great job! I’ve also incorporated old doors into my projects…the hardest part is getting a raw edge to match the distressed paint. A word of advice though…those panels are only 1/4” thick at their thinest part…your seat might not last long without something to support it underneath. I’d screw a piece of plywood under it as it will be hidden from view. Again, nice project!

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