Have to check out this High-back Hall Tree

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Project by Alongiron posted 03-22-2017 11:35 AM 2411 views 16 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife Jenny has been asking me about a hall bench for our front entry, and after a long search, we found this one from Woodsmith Magazine #172 (August 2007). My version is made from some beautiful grained QSWO that just jumps out at ya. It is a two piece unit that comes apart for easy moving. It has ample storage in the bench to hide all kinds of “stuff”. I, as usual; finished this off with a dark walnut coat of danish oil, 2 coats of clear shellac, and 1 coat of poly. It really turned out nice and was a fun build but more importantly; the wife is really happy with it! Thanks for taking a look! Enjoy your day!!


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 11:39 AM

Wow, Steve, you just keep cranking out the masterpieces! It is superb.

-- Art

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#2 posted 03-22-2017 11:49 AM

Most impressive … good work!

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#3 posted 03-22-2017 12:50 PM

Looks very nice.
I made my own version many years ago when my kids were young.
At first the shoes, gloves etc go inside the bench as planned.
As the kids got older the “stuff” starts going on top of the bench.
By the time they are teens, everything ends up going in front of it or near it.
Hope you have better luck with your kids.
Beautiful wood…......well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 03-22-2017 02:01 PM

Ooohhhhhhh, that looks great, there is so many things to like about this project but the panels are absolutely great!

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#5 posted 03-22-2017 02:19 PM

Beautiful work. The grain is amazing.

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#6 posted 03-22-2017 02:34 PM

This is a beautiful hall tree cabinet and so nicely done. It looks like an original.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 03-22-2017 03:26 PM

Steve, your work is always beautiful. I use you and a lot of the other “lumberjacks” as a reference when someone says something I have done is beautiful. I tell them, “this is junk compared to some of the guys on Lumberjocks.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#8 posted 03-22-2017 03:36 PM

Kudos on a beautiful piece Steve. As you and others have commented, what beautiful grain, particularly the panels. You’ve built a family heirloom.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 03-22-2017 07:13 PM

Awesome piece. With perfect functionality for my own home! Gotta do it!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#10 posted 03-22-2017 07:14 PM

What are the total dimensions?

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#11 posted 03-22-2017 07:34 PM

Thanks everyone for your nice comments.

Chuck, you asked the size. It is right at 38” wide; 72” tall ; and 20” deep. I am going by memory but that will get you in the ball park.

One other thing. I made mine from 3/4” overall thickness. The plan called for 1” stock. I could not get a solid 1” when I planed by rough sawn stock down. That is why I milled it to 3/4. With that said if you build one you will need to rethink some of the dimensions shown on the plan.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#12 posted 03-22-2017 08:33 PM

Nice, very nice!

-- Doug...

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#13 posted 03-22-2017 09:44 PM

Absolutely beautiful. I work with QSWO with natural danish a lot but have never used the dark walnut. It really makes the grain pop. I may have to use it in the future.

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#14 posted 03-22-2017 11:54 PM

Nice work. Love the figure in that QSWO

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#15 posted 03-23-2017 01:23 AM

You made her a very nice one. Love the pattern of the grain

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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