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Project by Oldtool posted 09-06-2021 02:06 PM 806 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as a request for a shoe rack, turned into a place for shoes to rest & a bench to sit on when putting them on.

All material from the big box store, pine and a sheet of sanded plywood. The store had a display of “project parts” with 2 X 4’s all 4 ft. long, but very straight & square so I took a chance. I made the sides from these with through tongue & groove joints after hand planning the surfaces to remove factory print and smooth all around.

The other lumber was from the best boards I could sort through, all 1 X 4’s, excluding the “select” section where the wood is valued more than it’s weight in gold. Luckily I must have visited right after restocking, I was able to find sufficient boards that were straight, un-cupped or warped, and with very little knots. The panels are the 1/4” sanded plywood.

After construction, coloring was with TransTint dye, followed by Minwax water based Polycrylic.

Thanks for viewing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 09-06-2021 02:59 PM

very nice i like the storage on top GREAT JOB :<)))))

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

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Eric

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#2 posted 09-06-2021 03:27 PM

Nice looking bench, and yes the shallow top storage is a winner.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 09-06-2021 03:36 PM

Very nice bench, Tom! I used to build more from construction lumber, but with the crazy prices this past year, I’ve been stocking up on hardwoods which have been cheaper than SPF. But I just scored four 8’ treated 4×6es from a neighbor for $20 because he wanted them out of his way.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 09-06-2021 03:50 PM

Thanks Tony & Eric, complements appreciated,

Dave, from your statement that you have been stocking up on hardwoods I assume you are referring to obtaining rough sawn from the mill, correct?
I agree with this, the sawmill I visit turns logs into boards then has a kiln for drying. If I would have gone there for this project, I could have secured maple or cherry for this project at about 1/3rd the price of the big box store. That of course would have required a lot of milling by hand and I wanted to make this sooner than later, my grandson needs it for his new apartment.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 09-06-2021 04:27 PM

Tom, nice bench and great storage, 2 tier gets it done. That flip up lid kinda looks like a sock drawer to me. :-)

What height is the seat?

-- Think safe, be safe

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oldrivers

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#6 posted 09-06-2021 04:50 PM

That is a Dandy build. Looks good congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Lenny

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#7 posted 09-06-2021 05:26 PM

Very nice Tom. I too am curious about the height. At first glance, it looks too tall to sit comfortably and put on/remove shoes but I see now that it is below the first seam in your garage door.

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

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Oldtool

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#8 posted 09-06-2021 06:35 PM

Thank you gentleman for the complements, much appreciated.

The height is 20 inches, 2 inches more than standard chair dimension, but my grandson is tall so it fits him well for seating. The extra 2 inches allowed for the storage compartment plus plenty of room for shoes. The front opening has a height of 15 inches, less one inch for the center shelf, leaving two shoe openings at 7 inches each. Width of opening is 32 inches, hopefully this will accommodate what I was told at the start, to house “about 15 pairs”.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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recycle1943

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#9 posted 09-06-2021 08:19 PM

wow, talk about heavy duty – the molding around the plywood ends are a neat touch

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 09-06-2021 10:01 PM


The height is 20 inches, 2 inches more than standard chair dimension, but my grandson is tall so it fits him well for seating. The extra 2 inches allowed for the storage compartment plus plenty of room for shoes. The front opening has a height of 15 inches, less one inch for the center shelf, leaving two shoe openings at 7 inches each. Width of opening is 32 inches, hopefully this will accommodate what I was told at the start, to house “about 15 pairs”.

- Oldtool

Thanks for the specs buddy. I imagine you’ll be copied a few times.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 09-07-2021 12:41 AM

Dave, from your statement that you have been stocking up on hardwoods I assume you are referring to obtaining rough sawn from the mill, correct?

I’m hitting the lumber yard, but buying rough-cut pieces that others have rejected. “Well, there’s a knot a foot in from the end of that 8’ board; what say, you charge me for six?” “I suppose we can swing that.”

I don’t mind being a bottom feeder. And the walnut that’s going into my laundry hamper was that “free” end of the board beyond the knot. I have enough small projects in the queue that I can usually use nearly every bit eventually.

One of these days I’ll find a sawmill somewhere around here, or make a trip back to the Midwest and load up the truck, but for now, the lumber yard is supplying me, and the guys know me well enough that they’re willing to haggle.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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