Maple Shoe Bench

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Project by Sprung posted 09-14-2013 12:33 PM 1481 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been lurking around LJ for a while and finally decided to join and actually post.

The back door of our house leads directly into our kitchen, and it’s also a very awkward corner, with doors right there that lead to the basement and laundry room. That corner also seemed to collect shoes, which usually become one big pile. This has frustrated both my wife and I, so I asked her if she would want a shoe bench. Her answer was a definite yes, and the project got put on the top of the list because neither of us like tripping over the pile of shoes. Worked on this on and off (more off than on) over the last 5 or 6 weeks as time permitted.

Made of hard maple, with a couple 1/4” strips of cherry in the top for accent. All dowel construction, save for attaching the top, which I made some cleats for out of poplar scraps. (Holes were elongated in one side of the cleats to allow for seasonal expansion.) Finish is two coats of Watco Danish Oil. That was followed up by a coat of paste wax, which I had just finished buffing out when these pics were taken.

Also, I don’t have a doweling jig yet, but did make my own for this specific project. Drilled the holes where needed in small cutoffs using my drill press and then attached some scraps on top with super glue to help me line them up. Clamped them in place by the scraps, and they allowed me to drill straight and properly lined up holes for the dowels and everything lined up perfectly.

Got a happy customer too – my wife loves it!

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 02:06 PM

It’s a nice clean project and looks like it turned out well.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 09-15-2013 01:48 AM

Nice bench- nice to see you here, M

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 04:10 AM

Very nice. If the wife is happy then everyone is happy :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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