Entryway Shoe Bench

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Project by davidwww posted 08-27-2021 11:42 PM 616 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my mom a few months ago to replace another (much larger, ‘modern’ style) shoe bench I made for her last year. It’s made from pressure treated lumber that my brother got from work a few years ago, plus the absolute last of my pine scraps (trying to be extra scrappy during the lumber shortage.. thank goodness it’s ending).

The sides are assembled with mortises and tenons, and the stechers are dowelled.

I did the top as a solid butcher block-style which I think makes a strong visual impression, and the shelves are thinner pieces on a piece of MDF They’re pocket screwed in (any suggestions for a longer-lasting, hidden attachment method?). Those are finished with danish oil topped off with some polyurethane and the black is all spray paint from a can over primer.

I was aiming for clean/fairly modern, simple and high-contrast… definitely some more cleanup work I could’ve done but overall I’m pretty happy with how it came out.

I’m about to start producing these for sale… wish me luck!

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#1 posted 08-27-2021 11:50 PM

nice bench,i love the contrasts.well done.welcome to lumber jocks,i hope you love it here.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 08-28-2021 12:54 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.
Nice work on the bench. Good craftsmanship and should last a long time.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 08-28-2021 04:52 PM

Nice design – it looks really good!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 08-29-2021 01:44 AM

I like the style and the color combination. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 10-28-2021 12:49 AM

Great job, nice contrast. As for mounting shelves, since the frame was painted you could use trim screws sunk in and fill.

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