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This is the latest project that I have finished. My wife wanted a place to seat to remove and put on your shoes by the front door. She always wanted a place to put the shoes (now we need to teach the kids to put their shoes away). This is the design that I came up with. The wood that was used in this project is Oregon black walnut and maple. The finish is shellac, wipe on poly, and a coat of wax.

There were many first for me on this project.
- Hand plane the seat flat and to final thickness. That was a lot of work.
- Power carving the seat with the Arbortech wood carver. That was lots of fun, but it is messy!
- Resawing the lumber to make the bookmark panels for the shoe rack box.
- Box joints on the shoe rack box. I really like the look of this joint, but it was nerve racking to glue up. I'm glad my wife was there to help during that glueup!

Let me know what you think and all comments and critiques are welcomed

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Well done looks very well made regards Alistair
 

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Beautiful job, it was a good use of materials as well as joints.
 

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Great project! I really like the classic contrast of the woods, and the seat is amazing. You did a wonderful job, and it's almost a shame to put shoes in it. ;)

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It looks great. Great design also.

Good luck on teaching the kids. Mine still drop them where they come off.
 

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Sharp! Great design as well.
 

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this project looks great, and well executed.
I think I may need one of these myself.
good work.
 

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Man that is very nice looking! THe Box joints came out looking very crisp and sharp!
 

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Looks GREAT…well done. As far as teaching the kids…good luck, the wife has not got me trained to do that yet, lol.
 

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As the others have said, great looking bench/shoe rack. I had a friend who swore he got his kids to put their things away by putting them in the trash whenever he found them left where they did not belong. I will say that his kids always put everything where they should. My daughter would (probably) simply leave something she did not want out for me to toss.
 

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Very nice. Great job. I bet it really looks sharp in your foyer.
 

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Wow! What an eye-catching addition that will be to your home! Great work.
 

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That is really beautiful and a great solution…I think I may borrow some of your design - as I have the 6, 7, asnd 10 year old that have an 'occasional' tendency to scatter their stuff around.
 

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Nice design and workmanship. I like your selection of wood. The grains are quite wild.
 

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Great design and build. I really like the way you did the arms and seat
 

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Super build. I love the grain in the walnut and those joints look great. What method did you use to make the box joints? (table saw jig, box joint jig, ect, ect ect…....)
 

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I'm glad that you posted the overhead picture so we could see the beauty of the walnut.

The grain on the posts are also fantastic.

A great addition to your front door.
 

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jimp,
That's a very nice build along with excellent design. I hope you get good use for the intended purpose! The wood is absolutely gorgeous as Karson mentioned, that shot overhead speaks volumes about the wood choice! Congratulations on an exceptional build.

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Ken McGinnis
 

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Thank you everyone for the nice comments.

Ben - I used a jig on my table saw to make the box joints.
 
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