Hallway Benches

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Project by Dave Haynes posted 04-15-2009 12:22 AM 2614 views 15 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two what I call hallway benches for my daughters for Christmas last year. My oldest daughter wanted a black finish and the younger daughter wanted a cherry finish. I used poplar to make both of the benches and then selected an ebony stain for the black bench. I mixed a light oak gel stain with a cabernet gel stain for the cherry bench…...all Minwax brand. The third picture is what the benches looked like prior to the finishes being applied.

I think they turned out fairly decent and so did the girls (but they’re biased). I have a more lengthy and more detailed article about these benches on my website if you care to read it at:


-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#1 posted 04-15-2009 01:35 AM

Wow, those are some nice looking hall benches. Job well done.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 04-15-2009 01:39 AM

Dave, these are nice benches. I like the symmetry between the curved top and bottom rails. These benches were wonderful gifts that not only serve as nice pieces of furniture but also add needed storage as well. Poplar can be a challenge to stain but you did a good job with these.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-15-2009 02:50 AM

Very nicely designed benches. I like the idea of the storage underneath also. Nice job. Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 04-15-2009 02:53 AM

great idea…i need to build a bench for our entryway…and this is a great design…

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#5 posted 04-15-2009 03:22 AM

A great bench with two happy daughters.

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#6 posted 04-15-2009 04:24 AM

Very nice design Dave I’m sure you have two happy girls!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 04-15-2009 02:00 PM

very nice job

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#8 posted 04-15-2009 04:22 PM

Cool bench seat. I like the idea of the storage under it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 10-01-2014 11:00 PM

Beautiful job! A hallway bench is one of my future projects. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave Peura

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