Walnut Entry/Shoe Bench

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Project by Quikenuff posted 01-24-2017 06:06 PM 2731 views 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked for a bench for the kiddo’s to take off and store their shoes. After much deliberation we decided that right next to the door was the only place that made sense to put it, which limited the size a bit.

The bench is made from air dried walnut with mortise and tenon joinery, with through mortises joining the legs to the top pieces. First time doing through mortises. The lower shelf slats are joined to the aprons with double dado joints. This was one of my quickest projects I’ve made to date, taking me just few weeks to build.

It’s finished with 2 coats of tung oil and one coat or wipe on satin poly. In hindsight I wish I had skipped the poly but with it being a bench by the door and the potential for wet clothes or shoes coming in contact with it, I opted for the more durable top coat.

I really enjoyed working on this one, particularly milling the lumber and seeing the true color and depth of the grain for the first time.

Overall Dimensions: 16” W x 18” H x 31” L

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 07:57 PM

Beautiful piece. I love the lines and particularly the through mortises. Should last a long time.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 08:53 PM

Beautiful bench. It’s as well executed as it was conceived. I think you made the right decision with the finish too.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 09:51 PM

I really like the design of this bench. Beautifully done!

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 10:15 PM

This is a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 01-25-2017 01:43 PM

That bench is far too nice to put shoes on! Love the through tenons and the angular features.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 01-25-2017 03:51 PM

very nice

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#7 posted 01-25-2017 04:09 PM

Great looking bench, nice work.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 01-25-2017 05:20 PM

Very nice! Love the walnut and your choices for joinery.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#9 posted 01-26-2017 02:23 AM

Thanks all, for the kind comments!


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