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Project by SawdustSeamhead posted 01-13-2013 03:38 AM 2072 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our entry-way quickly and easily became a piled-up mess of coats, hats, and boots (OK, mostly the mess was my fault), which led to the building of this project becoming a high priority before winter. So the Mrs suggested I get on it – darn, time to get in the shop (sarcasm) ;) We found a design that we both liked, and I got this Hall Tree Storage Bench knocked out. Very straight-forward cabinet project. Mostly 3/4 red oak ply with 4/4 oak completing the face-frame, and solid wood seat bench. It was the first time I’ve made any drawers – that was a learning experience (no dovetails for this beginner, I just used a drawer-lock router bit). The drawers “slide” on low-friction drawer tape. Sprayed on four coats of poly using my HVLP.

Fun and functional project, but the name is a mouthfull – I’m up for some suggestions on just what to call this thing!!!

-- Jarred K.

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 03:49 AM

Very nicely done, Glad my wife don’t look at these projects on here or I would never be allowed out of the shop. Maybe that won’t be a bad thing.

-- Making progress

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 03:58 AM

Nice work. Good idea.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 04:07 AM

I love the bench ! I would also like a picture of that expanding work table too it looks very interesting.

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 04:53 AM

Great design and nice work on it…........................;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 05:11 AM

Great project, I love these things. When we finally get a bigger house, this will be one of my first projects!

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#6 posted 01-13-2013 09:17 AM

Entryway benches are always good. Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 01-13-2013 11:04 AM

you did awesome! i like it

-- don't out smart your common sense

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#8 posted 01-13-2013 02:20 PM

Great looking project

-- All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent - Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 01-13-2013 05:19 PM

I wish I had room for some fine furniture like this : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 01-13-2013 07:03 PM

Krudwig, it’ll take me a while to clean off my expandable work-table again to where it is “picture-worthy,” so until I can do that and post it on LJ’s as a project, I’ll let you know that it was a Shop Notes design. Issue #115 – see link below. It has been a great addition for my shop, being a little on the small size. When needed to support large projects like this entry-bench, or when handling full 4×8’ sheets of ply, just slide out the wings; and push them in when done.

-- Jarred K.

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#11 posted 01-13-2013 08:27 PM

Nice. Now if you can only get the kids in the house to use it, then you’ve got it made!

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

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