Yellow cedar shoe bench

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Project by DalyArcher posted 01-31-2018 12:48 AM 1303 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife requested a bench for the entry landing of our split level home. I had an old yellow cedar stair tread a friend had given me kicking around and thought this was the perfect project to repurpose it!

I had a good supply of 4/4 poplar on hand. I laminated some legs, set the top rails using mortise and tennon joints and the bottom rails using a large hand cut dovetail. the slats are simply dadoed and snap over the rails with a spot of glue holding them secure.

For the top, I skip planned the bottom side of the tread. I was going to plane the top as well, but the plank has a cup set to it that just compliments its use as a bench too well to do away with. I set a few black walnut butterfly keys in the top to cover an unsightly knot and secure a deep crack.

The poplar was treated to a coat of wood conditioner and 3 coats of Varathane brand Espresso Gel Stain. The top received a few coats of Watco natural Danish Oil.

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#1 posted 01-31-2018 06:59 AM

The finish on the popular is fantastic, saw your blog questions and all the responses. Was interested in what people had to say.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 01-31-2018 03:24 PM

Very nice project.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-31-2018 05:24 PM

My first time using a gel stain Brian, but wont be my last. Very happy with the application and the results. I wont abandon my preference for Danish Oil but the gel stain is a great option for uneven, blotch prone material.

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#4 posted 01-31-2018 07:39 PM

That’s a fine looking bench—I’m sure you’ll get a lot of good use from it, and a lot of enjoyment!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 01-31-2018 09:11 PM

I like what you did with the bottom

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