I have undertaken my first solo project without having someone around watching that knows more about making stuff than me – the garage was empty except for me. My wife had requested, about 1 year ago, that I make this bench for the hallway leading to the laundry room that would be a place where we can sit, take off our shoes and have a place to store them. Since I was slow to act, she bought a wicker basket that shoes get thrown in. Finally, I started on this project over Labor day weekend. The case is made of birch plywood. The front face frame is Poplar. It will have inset drawers that have Poplar fronts. Drawer construction is 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood. All of the joinery is pocket-holes, except for the seat. It is made of 3 edge-glued and biscuited Pecan boards. Some pictures are attached. I have now moved on to the more tedious part – the finish. The bottom will be painted to have a distressed and worn look using the color (dark, brick red) of the walls in the bathroom at the end of the hall. The top is going to have a fairly dark stain, by my wife’s choosing, not mine. I have read repeatedly how the customer gets what he or she wants. This is the case too. I love the grain of the wood and would be happy with the boiled linseed oil I tried on the bottom topped off with General Finishes Poly. To be the first real project that I drew up, picked the lumber, jointed, planed, edge glued, etc, I’m happy enough with it. I learned some valuable lessons of the measure twice, DOUBLE-CHECK the table saw fence dimension, and then cut. That prevents having to make new sides. I’ll post some more pictures when I finish.
-- Jsquared, Texas