Storage entry bench

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Project by EthanV posted 07-26-2012 02:39 PM 5267 views 21 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this project as a wedding present for my brother. I was able to use all recycled (or pilfered if you like) materials. I made the legs from white oak and cherry that came as bracing for the metal straps that bind shipments of plywood and mdf. The top, bottom, sides and back are plywood that I got for free from a demolition I did last summer. The faux paneling detail on the sides and back is made from door casing that I took out of a bedroom when I replaced the trim. The only thing I had to purchase was the baskets ($10 at Walmart) and the paint ($80 at Sherwin Williams). I primed and painted with Cherry Tomato flat. Then I applied a Faux Impressions tinted glaze. This is my first time trying a glaze. I like the way it turned out and I hope my brother and his wife will be happy in their new marriage and with their new furniture.

-- Woodworking is a lifestyle choice

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#1 posted 07-26-2012 02:44 PM

I think that this looks really good. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 07-26-2012 03:00 PM

That is a great looking entry bench, nice design and well constructed. I’m sure your brother and his bride will enjoy it.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 07-26-2012 03:03 PM

Definitely something to keep in my back pocket for a future project!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#4 posted 07-26-2012 04:10 PM

Wow ! What a nice piece from stuff a lot of others would have thrown out. I like the design too, sturdy but with some style to it. Way to go !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 07-26-2012 05:34 PM

Really nice design and finish. Two thumbs up from me.

-- Bill Native Texan

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#6 posted 07-26-2012 05:57 PM

Very nice, something my wife would absolutely LOVE for me to build her!

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#7 posted 07-26-2012 06:05 PM

Wonderful project. I always admire great work with so limited material or scraps.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 07-26-2012 11:56 PM

Very nice. Wish I’d seen this before I built mine. Not that mine is bad but your’s is better.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#9 posted 07-28-2012 03:51 AM


I’m sure your brother and sister-in-law are delighted with the entry bench. The design looks great and we always appreciate such nice accomplishments with recycled, reclaimed items.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#10 posted 03-02-2013 02:46 AM

This is a really nice looking bench with very good style. I look at a lot of projects when I am trying to find indeas for something to design and while many home woodworkers are good at construction, they lack good design skills. This bench doesn’t suffer from that problem. I’d be pleased to have it anywhere in my home.

-- woodNfish

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