|Project by Waldo88||posted 11-02-2015 03:00 AM||1346 views||8 times favorited||5 comments|
This was designed to fit a space by our back door, sized just right so the door doesn’t touch it when opened. With a toddler in the house and another on the way, having a place to store shoes and a bench to make it easier to help the kids put them on is key.
The main feature of the design is that the cubbies appear to float under the bench, with a constant 1” gap all the way around.
- The bench is made by stack laminating baltic birch plywood strips, with walnut end strips.
- The cubbies are made from 1/2” plywood with thick maple edge banding.
- The cubbies and bench are not attached, spacer blocks made from scrap maintain the gap.
For the bench, pieces of Baltic birch were cut into strips and glued together. Dowels run through the strips to ensure alignment during gluing. The strips were cut to form fingers on both the top and side, those fingers forming a box joint to connect each side to the top. Hand planes were used to flatten the top. The bench was finished with Danish oil at first and a few coats of lacquer once it completely dried.
The cubbies were assembled using standard frameless case construction with rabbets and mortises for each joint. I used maple strips on both the back and front, the back piece was mortised into the maple strips instead of the plywood. The cubbies were painted prior to gluing on the thick edge banding. Following gluing, a coat of lacquer was sprayed on the cubbies.
A much more detailed write up of the design and construction can be found at:
Thanks for reading!