|Project by mtalley||posted 05-16-2014 01:48 PM||1531 views||7 times favorited||4 comments|
I have been on a 5 and 6-board bench kick lately. We are a “no shoes in the house” family and there was a great spot right by the front door to take your shoes off, but no place to sit down to do it. I decided a rustic little 5-board was in order. I spent five hours from the initial sketch design to putting on the final coat of polyurethane over a week’s time. No nails or screws were used, just through-mortises, wedges and dowels.
I then built a large bench for our dining table and one for our entry-way with a shoe shelf, per my sweet wife’s request. I have a couple of saw benches for the GROP (garage/shop combination), and 2 narrow ones for my office all cut out as well, but not put together. These benches are traditionally “furniture of necessity” and not meant to be fine furnishings, but I think that there is still beauty in their simplicity and usefulness (useful and helpful are the highest Talley-family compliments). Additionally, they are simple, cheap to build, and lend themselves to hand-tool only construction.
More benches, pictures and story here: http://drivenoutside.com/blog/?tag=bench
-- Matt at: www.drivenoutside.com/blog