Craftsman/Rodel entry bench

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Project by schroeder posted 01-02-2013 12:14 AM 2417 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Custom entry bench for friends. Simple craftsman with a little Rodel accent for flair. Had to be a specific size to fit. I built the seat like a cutting board…sturdy, but I really regret it..(think its Ugly!). Local white oak, stained and poli finish. Not my favorite piece, but she seemed to like it, and I guess that’s what matters….


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Terry Ferguson

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 01:14 AM

It’s actually a nice project done with good details and craftsmanship. At first I wasn’t put off by the seat, then you said that you weren’t happy with it and got me to looking at it more closely. It might be that the shelf below, which is a good design and well executed, demands attention that it’s not getting because the seat is blocking. I wonder what it would look like if the seat was made with openings between boards to mimic the shelf, but just the opposite. In other words where there is a board in the shelf, there would not be a board in the seat – positive negative space play. A thought to consider if you ever build another. Keep on building!

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 01:26 AM

Thanks! – I think your right,.....that would have been a little better play, but honestly,.....the more I look at it…I’m really starting to hate it!....I dunno….

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 01:55 AM

This is a wonderful design and a super build.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 04:16 AM

Great job on this, Schroeder.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 04:33 AM

Looks great to me. As far as making the top/seat mimic the shelf, maybe it wouldn’t look like it was meant to be sat on that way?

The main thing is the customer liked it, regardless of any of the rest of our opinions! :>

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#6 posted 01-02-2013 04:42 AM

Very well designed piece of furniture.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 01-02-2013 02:06 PM

Great looking bench. I like all the detail, the through tenons, darker square plugs and the lattice work bottom. I think the seat looks just fine. We are always our own worst critics. Well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 01-02-2013 03:23 PM

Yeah – I guess I am missing what’s not to like here. I have been thinking of different ideas for a bench just inside our front door recently and when I saw this I immediately thought ‘ah-ha’! I really like the design, including the top and will use it for inspiration on my own bench.

Great work IMHO!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#9 posted 01-02-2013 04:52 PM

Great bench, well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 01-03-2013 04:15 PM

Well executed. Simple, which could be your criticism? I think its missing some curves in the cross pieces which might carry the eye through the piece?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 03-12-2013 04:14 PM


Caught my eye again! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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