Boot Bench

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Project by schroeder posted 01-14-2011 10:34 PM 3390 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench built for very good friends – kind of a “craftsman style”. He and his father cut down a Walnut tree some odd 30 years ago and he ripped lumber with a chainsaw and stacked it up until a couple years ago when he gave it to us. They have a long wall on their entry way to the foyer, so I designed the bench around the two book-matched slabs that are the seats. The seats taper 4 inches over in width from the outside at the arms to the center joining table – that’s the way he originally cut them and it ends up making you want to scoot towards the center table.

Cronk says I “over design” but I don’t think so…

The entire bench is Black Walnut with Ebony accents. All the joints are mortise and tenon. I tapered the outside legs 1” with a “Rodel cove” on the bottom to give it a finished look. Christine (the Missus) wanted a shoe rack underneath – it slopes with a 1 1/2” fall towards the front for easier access. The center “table” is a couple inches higher than the arms and I thought would be a natural gathering point on the bench at the end of the day.

The home they are putting it in has a copper theme running throughout so I inlaid a 1/4” copper “W” into the little tabletop for their initial.

They have two daughters, so I never glued up the center connecting tenons in case someday they want to split the bench between them. – Great friends make for great projects!

Finish is sealer and poly.

Thanks Washingtons!- Schroeder
The Sketchup Link is

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 11:34 PM

Wow! Love this bench, you did a great job…and i love all the thought that went into it, like being able to split it later on.

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 11:44 PM

Absolutely beautiful work and that black walnut is awesome looking. I bet that thing weighs in at about 150lbs!

-- -=Den

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 12:30 AM

Great design with a useful revision.

Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 12:39 AM

Great job on this, Schroeder


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 01:17 AM

Beautiful piece Schroeder. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 01:18 AM

wow…looks great….well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 07:07 AM

Great detailing on this. Nice to see an original spin on “Craftsmen”

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 09:09 AM


-- Rogue

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#9 posted 01-15-2011 05:40 PM

Very nice, I’m sure they will love it.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#10 posted 01-15-2011 07:02 PM

That is simply B E A U T I F U L!!!!!!!!!Nice design elements and I have to admit I think the idea of making it two seperate benches is just sheer genius> Well done.

-- Ridin' and rippin'

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#11 posted 01-16-2011 07:47 PM

WOW ,great idea very comfortable looking and really like the inlay.

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 04:46 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments – Hopefully it fits in the house! (I may have had a drink when I measured the wall:)


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#13 posted 01-18-2011 07:42 PM

Looks Great! I like shoe rack idea and the way it was designed. Sure looks stable!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#14 posted 01-24-2011 05:01 AM

I love this, it’s beautiful! I especially like the idea of building it in such a way it can be easily split between the daughters – but who gets the “W”? lol
Very nice!

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