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Sketch This! #1: Entryway Bench

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Blog entry by John Steffen posted 1550 days ago 1268 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Bench Top

First, she wants it to look antique, so I’m thinking a distressed finish over dark stained pine.

Bench Bottom

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.

Bench Measure

This last picture is just to show some sample measurements.

Questions:
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?

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL



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#1 posted 1550 days ago

The links should be fixed now, thanks for catching that.

I believe that once I took away the wood texture in the last picture the base colors were bad and make it look inverse. It should be more apparent in the larger image.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#2 posted 1550 days ago

Here is a clearer image of the bottom.
Bottom Highlighted

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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