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Project by Adam posted 06-21-2009 03:26 PM 2322 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After living in their current home for 20 or so years my parents decided it was time to remodel their ‘entry’ or foyer. In all those 20 years, there has never been anything to sit on to tie your shoes so I decided it was time to fix that problem.

I saw this bench in Woodsmith Magazine and decided it was the perfect fit. The painted portions are made of paint grade soft maple with a spray on finish. The seat is made of ash with ~6 coats of wipe on poly. If I remember right, it took 20 loose tenon joints to put the whole thing together, so it was a great opportunity to play with my new Festool Domino!

I finally hauled it ‘home’ to my parents this past weekend and it was a hit.

UPDATE – commenting on various questions that have been asked below along with some of my own additions. Harass me if I missed yours. :-)

Paint/wood combination – I can’t take credit for that..I just copied the Woodsmith one.

Baskets – The baskets are milkcrate baskets from Target. They had about 5 different styles so I made the openings big enough to fit any of them. Considering their location, I figure it’s only a matter of time before a heel goes through one so I wanted to make sure replacements were easy to find. Woodsmith put a nifty interactive PDF in their online resources where you can type in the size of the basket and it’ll recalculate the cut list for you. That really made it a breeze.

Challenges – The biggest challenge was gluing up the back section because of all the slats in the backrest and a floating hardboard panel behind the baskets.. I basically broke it into 3 steps. 1) glue the back slats in place. There isn’t much wood-to-wood contact there and I fully expect the glue to pop loose at some point but it at least held things in place for the rest of the assembly. There are spacers between the slats so if they do pop loose it won’t really matter. I think I clamped the posts on the sides without tenons during this step just to make sure it was all square. 2) glue some of the loose tenons into one side…basically to avoid fumbling with them all at once. 3) put the hardboard panel in place and glue the side posts in place

Changes – The main thing I’d change is use 1/4” ply instead of hardboard on the sides and back. Hardboard looks nice on the outside but looks ugly on the inside. Granted the baskets block it most of the time but I know what it looks like and it bothers me. :-)

-- --Adam

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 03:36 PM

Great Job Adam very attractive and functional well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-21-2009 03:40 PM

Very nicely done.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 03:48 PM

Great looking bench. I am sure your parents were pleased. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 03:49 PM

Very nice. If your done with that Domino for a while, how’s about a quick ship to Washington!!! :)

No Can’t say I didn’t try!

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 03:51 PM

looks great…very well done….I like the mixing of natural wood and paint….well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 04:03 PM

Hey Adam,
Nice neat well finished job….....your parents would be pleased.

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 05:31 PM

Nice, Clean and Useful. Good job!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 05:36 PM

Really crisp and clean work – Great Job!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 06-21-2009 05:42 PM

Beautiful bench. Very nice work.

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

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#10 posted 06-21-2009 07:50 PM

Nice work. I also like the the paint/wood combo. I’ll bet your parents are really happy with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-21-2009 08:07 PM

Well done.

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#12 posted 06-21-2009 08:14 PM

Good work, I’m favoriting this bench for our entryway, sometime in the future. There’s a pretty sizable list of projects ahead of it but it is exactly what the MRS has been talking about.
There’s nothing like a new tool to find a reason to complete a project!!!!!
Where did you find the baskets?

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 06-21-2009 09:43 PM


Please do post where you found the baskets. My wife has had this idea in her head for a while now, and I can’t keep putting her off after she saw this bench. By the way, thanks for setting the bar so darn high!! Also, the wall that our bench would sit upon is curved, so I am going to have to do some research on building things on a curve… Any problems you would foresee after completing the bench you just did?

-- Derrek L.

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#14 posted 06-22-2009 12:57 AM

Great job on the entry seat. I really like the use of the baskets. Between the baskets and the solid ash seat, it really sets it off!

-- John @

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#15 posted 06-22-2009 03:38 AM

Derrek/BTKS – see my updated comments above regarding the baskets

Regarding building on a curve…I don’t have any experience with that so I’m not much help. I can only imagine the glue-up I described above would be worse!

-- --Adam

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