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Blog series by Jeremy Greiner updated 04-05-2011 02:42 AM 5 parts 6363 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: Back to the drawing board

02-25-2011 04:45 AM by Jeremy Greiner | 0 comments »

This past week I’ve been building a small bench that will sit in the entry hallway of my house to sit one while putting on or taking off shoes. It also will house unworn shoes to keep them out of the entry way instead of scattered around like they are now. Unfortunatly, my first idea failed badly. I used 3/4’’ stiles to connect the legs with 1/4’’ plywood inside the styles much like a cabinet door. Here is what it was supposed to look like The problem was ...

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Part 2: The Base

03-03-2011 04:29 AM by Jeremy Greiner | 1 comment »

The base is going to be made out of 3/4’’ plywood I chose oak plywood for two reasons, the birch ply at my local borg the faces are not veneered the same (one side is light, with little grain pattern the other side shows a lot of grain pattern). The oak however is consistent on both sides, and I like consistency. Secondly, I already had the oak plywood so I didn’t have to buy anything extra which is always a good reason to use it. After cutting the plywood to size I cover...

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Part 3: The quest for legs

03-07-2011 03:18 AM by Jeremy Greiner | 0 comments »

Normally such an adventure would lead to some bar or night club, fortunatly for me that is not the case. I started with a 8/4 piece of poplar I picked up at my local wood craft. It had a fairly large crack down the middle about 12’’ deep but the area was marked as waste and I didn’t have to pay for that portion of the wood. I jointed and planed the entire piece down to 1 1/2’‘ With some work I was able to get 2 of the 4 legs I needed out of the waste ar...

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Part 4: Staining and Glue

03-14-2011 04:13 AM by Jeremy Greiner | 3 comments »

With the legs and trim cut and sanded I taped up the glue areas and stained them with a general finishes mahogony stain. The staining went well, poplar seems to take well enough to the stain to give me the darker look that I’m going for. The next day I was going to start glueing everything up but when I got home from work my dragon age 2 pre-order was sitting on my porch. Wednesday I was able to put the controller down long enough to start glueing parts on plywood frame. Glue ...

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Part 5: Varnish time

04-05-2011 02:42 AM by Jeremy Greiner | 0 comments »

Finishing the shoe bench took considerably longer than I had planned on. After a week of finishing,and a few lost days from tool assembly I decided that I would like to set up some sort of finishing area not in my garage so I can work on other items or just tinker around while the finish cures on my project. I did a quick setup on my enclosed patio area so now I can apply varnish on my projects and still tinker about in my garage. The picture isn’t very good because of the sunlig...

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