Daughter/Father entry way boot bench

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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 12-29-2014 04:49 PM 1480 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the holidays my eldest daughter came home from Boston. She needed a sit down, boot bench for the entry way of her apartment. This is the one she had in mind.

It is made of cherry, of which I’d purchased a bunch of on sale recently and she came with dimensions and a sketch. This is the result. To save time, as it was limited, it has parts that would all fit in the planer and is assembled with pocket hole screws. She sprayed on three coats of poly and as it was quick trying. She took it with her after just a few hours of assembly.

At the end she was talking and said… “someday when I get a permanent place of my own I think I’d like to set up shop.” A heads up out there. If someone just makes a couple of things, it takes the mystery out of woodworking. For instance. She now knows that jointing and planing all your pieces before cutting and assembly makes them all just fit. trying to work with wood right off the shelf often ends up being an exercise in futility. My kreg pocket hole jig isn’t a tenon but on her own that skill can come later if she wants. Break the ice and maybe the hobby will be born for them.

One thing I insisted on though is that if she ever gets her own table saw it must, must, must be a Sawstop (of which I don’t even own). You see, she’s an accomplished concert violinist, and a PhD scientist btw…. (Dad’s bragging rights).

All in all, lotsa fun and just a smidge of pride.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 12-29-2014 05:05 PM

this is a really nice bench Dan, your daughter has got the skills and she did a great job, how great is is for our children to have interest in woodworking and can go into the shop and use the tools, the only tool i get nervous about is my table saw, i don’t have a safety guard on it, so im the only one that i like to use it….anyway, great project.

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

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John Stegall

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 05:49 PM

My son now has more handsaws than me, he says in the 20s, his wife says in the 80s. I own 3. You have earned the bragging rights.

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 06:21 PM

Looks like that project turned out great !!!

And so did the bench. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 09:56 PM

Oh what a joy it is to build with and for our children. Great bench and great story to share. Thanks for that. I love to brag about my kids as much as I love to be in the Woodshop.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 12:13 AM

Great looking project and great story. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#6 posted 12-31-2014 02:38 AM

Nice job. I am teaching my grand daughter also.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#7 posted 01-25-2015 07:02 PM

yes a saw stop for sure ,shes a blessing and great bench

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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