Mudroom bench and shelf

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Project by AandCstyle posted 05-27-2019 07:58 PM 905 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Almost a month ago, I asked about a sweat resistant finish. This is the project that had that requirement.

My son & DIL are avid (maniacal?) runners and wanted a bench for their mudroom to be able to sit when putting on their sneakers. They also wanted storage for their sneakers. Anyhow, she found a pic she liked and I based my rendition on that.

The lumber store was out of 6/4 walnut when I was there so I went with 8/4 because I didn’t think the bench would look right if it were too thin. I went with poplar for the painted wood. The bench and shelf are affixed to their respective under-carriages with sliding dovetails. Otherwise, the joints were made with dominoes. The raised panels were done on the router table (I’m not much of a hand tool aficionado). I did put leveling feet on it and they were needed. The trays are on full extension Blum slides. I went with 4 coats of foam brush applied Arm-R-Seal on the top of the bench and 3 coats on the rest of the walnut.

I hung the shelf using these wall anchors and these keyhole hangers. I hope they will be adequate. He will add coat hooks when they find some they like.

Even though this was a pretty simple project, I ended up making the shelf supports twice because I had the grain orientation wrong with the first attempt. grr! I apologize for the poor pix, but the room is too narrow to take decent ones.

Thanks for looking.

-- Art

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#1 posted 05-27-2019 08:28 PM

Oh ho! lookin’ good there Art, I have stolen a couple of your ideas (like the slides) for the one I am just in the drawing phase … and yes they always look easy on paper

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 05-27-2019 09:17 PM

Whoah 8/4 Walnut, that must have been expensive. It looks very attractive, and the pull out trays make the whole thing functional.

Another winner Art!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 05-27-2019 09:45 PM

Beautiful Art. and practical as well!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 05-27-2019 10:25 PM

Nice work Art. You always have a great sense of design. I’m surprised you didn’t AC up the project. You know, cantilevered ends or some QSWO. Let us know how the Arm-R-Seal holds up.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#5 posted 05-28-2019 12:09 AM

Thank you, everyone!

Willie, when you intend to live with something for the next 30-40 years, the cost of the material is immaterial.

Terry, if it had been for my home, it would have been A&C, but in spite of my best efforts, these darn kids seem to have no taste in furniture style at all. :D

-- Art

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 05-28-2019 12:59 PM

nice project…. I’m adding it to my favorites for future reference.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 05-28-2019 03:24 PM

That’s a nice clean, sharp looking project Art. Well done.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 05-29-2019 06:49 AM

Beautiful piece….my favourite white- natural wood combination.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 05-29-2019 01:58 PM

Great work Art! My wife has been asking for something similar for the front hall (we have a LOT of shoes in bookcases now) and I like your idea of the pull out shelves. I had been thinking of a lift up lid but I think the shelves will work better. Adding it to my favorites for later.

-- DannyW

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#10 posted 05-29-2019 02:25 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 11-14-2019 08:50 PM

The Walnut top contrast well with the lighter colored base. 8/4 looks great. The sliding shelves are a nice and convenient solution.
Sorry I missed this when you first posted.

How is the Arm-R-SEal holding up? I have a similar need for a bench I built for our laundry room.
The liquid detergent is eating through the poly-wipe on. It leaked through the plastic bins I put them in.

-- James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 11-14-2019 09:01 PM

James, it is in my son’s house so I will have to ask him and get back to you. They are both avid runners and will run the California International Marathon in early December (she is on a 100+ day streak). My point is that the seat is treated to sweat daily and was fine last time I looked.

-- Art

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