The Holy Mud Room Bench

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Project by FranBo posted 08-06-2012 01:09 AM 2371 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Almost ready to install. I finished the top cabinet today, and the bench last week. I will still put a small decorative detail cut into the through-tenons sticking out, and fix a coupla things and add a few more details. Bench has 84 parts plus tile, weighs over a hundred pounds, top cabinet has 20 parts and weighs about 70 pounds (!!!!) Yes, a bit overbuilt. Coat hooks will go below the cubby holes. Blue and white tile matches other accents in the room. I’ll be sitting on this every day to watch the dogs eat. I believe I have several hundred hours in this project. I’m making drawings of both units. I might make plans available if there is any interest. I would change a few details, some joinery, blah blah. It could easily be modified (stretched wider? a bit deeper seat?) For me, it had to fit in one particular spot. I’ll post pics after the installation. Enjoy!

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 10:50 PM

That is how they built them in days gone by. Then you came along and built it right! Nice job it will last forever.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 03:31 AM

This is a really neat project. I wish I had room for one.
Great job.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 06:41 PM

Nicely done! Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 08-11-2012 06:42 PM

Nice job Fran,

I like the extra curved detail on the bench ends. Just the right extra touch. How about waterproof inserts under the seat for wet boots? Originally I thought you had a drawer under the seat but now I see it is just a lifting handle. Warning, Don’t add too many coat hooks or it will look like mine just a large pile of coats and no place to sit. Don

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#5 posted 08-12-2012 02:54 PM

Here in the new old deep south, we rarely use boots. We will be putting shoes in those little cubby holes. As for the coat hooks, we expect to only use these when guests come over. Again, I don’t wear a coat much, so they are stored in a coat closet around the corner. Curves are a very important design AND function element in everything I design and build. My opinion is ALL good furnishings, wood work, home design, interiors etc should have curves and carves as well as straight lines. My body is not straight, so seats should not be straight either. Thanks for comments everybody…

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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