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Bench with Cubbies

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Project by Matt in Franklin posted 01-20-2015 01:28 AM 2062 views 15 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bench is made of poplar and top is black walnut. Can be used as a hall bench and standard “cubes” fit inside for storage.

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Greg In Maryland

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 03:31 AM

Nice job! I like the white paint/dark walnut contrast.

How did you attach the top to the base?

Greg

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Matt in Franklin

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 03:34 AM

thanks Greg! The top is screwed onto the base from underneath. the cubbies have a sub-top which I used to fasten the top to.

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flatscat

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 02:38 PM

Very nice looking. I have a new TV and no place to put it. Something like this will fill the bill.

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Matt in Franklin

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 02:42 PM

flatscat, it would work for that. The case was made from a single 1×12 poplar board (I would have used plywood but poplar is what I had at the time). You can put whatever kind of wood on top that you like. I happen to like black walnut.

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#5 posted 01-20-2015 02:46 PM

Looks great, what finish did you use on the walnut.

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Matt in Franklin

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#6 posted 01-20-2015 02:49 PM

grantd, I used black walnut danish oil to start with. I did this because there was a lot of color variation in the walnut I was using and also because it will help keep the tone of the wood longer (walnut tends to fade over time when exposed to light).

I then used four or five coats of Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss and then buffed off the sheen with steel wool and furniture wax.

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Matt in Franklin

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#7 posted 01-20-2015 02:52 PM

also, the basic plan for the cabinet was from Ana White, but I took her design and added more traditional woodworking joinery to it, like dadoes and rabbets instead of butt joints and pocket holes.

Also, her plan doesnt call for the solid wood top, as she typically doesnt work with hardwoods.

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#8 posted 01-20-2015 03:35 PM

It’s nicer and clean. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Matt in Franklin

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#9 posted 01-20-2015 03:48 PM

thank you helluvawreck!

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