Maple Hall Seat

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Project by Hersh328 posted 04-19-2009 09:27 PM 1373 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench was a special request from my wife. She’d wanted one of these forever, but never got around to buying one. So when I got myself a shop set up I volunteered to build her one. No problem, right? Well, being that this was my first real project in years, I ran up against a few re-learning experiences that made for some slow going. There are a number of things I would change if I were to do this project over, but overall I’m happy with how it turned out, and my wife loves it.

We spent some time looking at dozens of these commercially available on the internet and she picked out what she liked and didn’t like from several of them, allowing me to draw up some rough plans.

The box and the back of the superstructure are 3/4” maple ply with 1/4”solid maple used to trim it out. The sides and top shelf of the superstructure are 3/4” solid maple. I got some nice figure on those, especially the left upright support. The plywood was a huge bonus, it was just a stack of maple at Menard’s, but looking through the stack I found one piece with an awesome bird’s-eye figure to it. I decided to use that as the back piece so as to really show it off. I still have some of it left over waiting for just the right project. The coat hooks are drawer pulls, we couldn’t find any hooks we liked, so we improvised. I don’t have a lathe so I found a guy selling bun feet on ebay and was very pleased with them.

-- Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur

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#1 posted 04-19-2009 09:50 PM

Very very nice hall seat.

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

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 02:34 AM

Great looking hall seat and great craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 02:56 AM

Beautiful piece

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 05:10 AM

Outstanding hall seat clean design great build

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