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Project by Lenny posted 08-10-2014 03:42 PM 751 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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blackcherry

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 03:51 PM

Great addition to you’re mud room, a nice place for a relaxing am coffee. As usual Lenny well thought out and effient, plus good points with the Mrs… Hope all is well and everyone is enjoying the summer season…BC

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Woodenwizard

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 05:49 PM

Not only through your eyes but many people’s eyes, this is a beautiful piece and I am sure it will get well used. I think your decision to use solid panels in the side was a good one.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 06:24 PM

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 09:45 PM

Looks like you are doing well again Lenny. Nice work.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 08-10-2014 10:35 PM

Looks like a perfect fit.
I like it…................

-- mike...............

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Lenny

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#6 posted 08-10-2014 10:59 PM

Thanks everyone.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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SPalm

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#7 posted 08-10-2014 11:31 PM

Looks great Lenny. It seems like it fits right in.

Ain’t building stuff fun?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Lenny

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#8 posted 08-10-2014 11:56 PM

It sure is Steve. Thank you.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Roger

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#9 posted 08-11-2014 12:10 AM

This is an awesome build Lenny. I fav’ed it. I may borrow part of your idea/s for a future build of something similar to yours for one of Daughters. My wife & I were just talking about this the other day. She has a narrow area where something like this would be idea. Super nice, super nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Lenny

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#10 posted 08-11-2014 01:14 AM

Many thanks Roger. I hope it is of help when you build yours.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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grizzman

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#11 posted 08-11-2014 02:39 AM

hey lenny, man you nailed this project, this looks great, it must have been lots of fun, doing the changes you made, i like it, real wood and not plywood and mortises instead of a continuous groove, yea a real fine project, its what people see when they first come in and that should tell them a woodworker lives here..:)...this really turned out great…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Lenny

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#12 posted 08-11-2014 11:38 AM

Thanks Grizz. I appreciate it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 08-11-2014 02:51 PM

Give that man the brass ring…..he deserves it…..Mighty fine crafting there, Lenny…..Beautiful job…...Just don’t get any mud on it, or the wife might have a suggestion or two for you…...By the way…..How’s that router table and fence working out for you built several months ago….? Keep posting, and making sawdust…....!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Lenny

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#14 posted 08-11-2014 03:08 PM

Hi Rick. Thank you. Truth be told, this whole mud room thing has to do with the wife’s peeve of yours truly “tracking in”. Whether grass, dirt, snow or (most often) sawdust, she hates it when I track stuff in.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#15 posted 08-13-2014 10:59 AM

Nice looking bench!

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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