I’ve been thinking lately about benches, as the lady wants one for the back entryway for our house. The initial concept was to build a large organizer-style bench complete with coat-hooks, storage under the seat, storage above the coat-hooks, etc. But she’s not too big on having something very large in that space, so we’ve decided that the best thing would be to have a very simple, vintage-looking bench and a separate matching hanger board attached to the wall.
She showed me a couple styles that she likes, and I’ve put some thoughts together.
First, she wants it to look antique, so I’m thinking a distressed finish over dark stained pine.
The stretchers will be full-size through-tenons. I’m not sure what to do with attaching the top to the legs (always a problem of mine) but I’m thinking of going a very different route and finding some large bolts (3/4” ?) and counter-sinking them into the bench top.
This last picture is just to show some sample measurements.
1) What are your thoughts on attaching the legs to the bench top?
2) What is a good way to get a distressed finish? Does it just take time and a little controlled chaos?
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