|Project by Lenny||posted 08-10-2014 03:42 PM||625 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
This is a hall bench that I made for our mud room. The intent here is that one can come in the front door on an inclement day and either sit on the bench to remove boots or what have you, or, rest items on the bench while removing a coat. The shelf beneath the seat can be used for footwear or to store other items (e.g., an umbrella). I plan to make a complementary coat tree that will stand opposite the bench.
The design for this bench is from Better Homes and Gardens’ “Projects & Shop Tips 2008”. I followed the majority of the plans but did make a few changes. The bench is made from red oak. They recommended ¼” plywood for the side panels. Since both sides of the panel shows, they suggested applying a veneer to the back face of the plywood. I made solid oak panels and planed them to thickness. When it came to the back rest, they milled a continuous groove down the center of the rails and inserted fillers between the slats. Since I have a hollow chisel mortiser, I opted to mill the 16 mortises required. The remainder of the joinery is pretty much glue and screws, with the screws set in counterbored holes. I then filled each hole with a 3/8” plug, a total of about 30 plugs.
The finish is Minwax golden oak stain followed by two coats of a satin marine varnish. The bench will be “indoors” but subjected to lots of moisture.
As I laid out the various pieces of this bench on the lumber, it struck me that we (well at least “I” but I’m confident “we” applies), often forget the pretty amazing things we do with wood. We take a stack of boards (see photos) and by cutting, shaping and sculpting, we end up with a useful and, to our eyes, beautiful piece of furniture, box, or toy. No one snaps their fingers and miraculously that stack of boards is transformed to a finished project. WE do it. And it’s great that we get so much enjoyment from it.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI