|Project by Hoffmanuno||posted 07-17-2015 06:48 PM||568 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
I was looking for cheap plywood in the Home Depot discount bin in order to make a painted mudroom bench for my basement entrance in order to sit and take off my muddy boots. What I found was a nearly full 3/4 inch thick piece of oak plywood discounted from $50 to $13. After looking around, I found the last 2 feet of it in the trash bin and put it on the cart to haul out. I had them rough cut it in around 20 inch sections in order to haul in my car and make the fine cuts when I got home. Since the wood was so nice, I decided to make it for my mom’s front entryway instead and stain it to match her old faded oak door. I originally designed it to sit with the open side up and have a lid with a cushion on it. My mother changed this design after I’d built it, but my generic design and addition of trim on every seem made putting it on it’s side with the open side facing outward and sitting on the side with a future cushion possible. She picked out some nice oak feet and I stained them and poly coated it to match. It turned out very nicely, although there were some scratches on the plywood that I didn’t quite get out that didn’t get noticed until after the stain had set in. I think I did a pretty good job on it for my first really involved woodworking project. Right now she’s looking for baskets to fit in the recessed areas to hold the shoes and trying to find a cushion that will sit inside the trim on top to sit on. I was a little worried that it needed 6 wooden feet vs 4 to support it, but it seems very strong. I dado’d every single plywood joint and glued and clamped it together before hitting it with the finish nail gun for a bit of extra support. I believe it was 1& 1/8 inch nails that were used. I mostly rely on tightly glued joints to hold up my projects and I think it will hold up well over time. I made it about 48 inches long because the space near the front door is about 5ft wide and so this will fit perfectly in that recessed space to sit and take off/store your shoes. My friends really like the design and I think this could be used pretty much as any type of furniture from a chest with lid, upright as a shelf, and even a media center if you put some wiring holes in it. I’m halfway tempted to build more of these in the future. The expensive part of this was the trim, which ran me around $70 or so. So total with discount this project cost me around $100 but would cost around $150 or more without that.