|Project by Skip Mathews||posted 11-01-2016 05:52 PM||645 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
We recently tore out old carpet and installed new hardwood flooring, which lead to kicking off the shoes when coming in from outdoors, which left shoes piled by the front door with no place to put them. We decided to build a bench to put by the front door with a shelf for shoes.
I have some 1” rough cut yellow pine left over from building my workbench and decided to use it for the bench.
I built the bench a little low, 14.5”, for two reasons. One is so you are sitting a little closer to your feet and secondly, we have two grandsons ages 3 and 6 and they are still pretty small. Now that it is finished I like the height. About the same as a 5gal bucket.
The design took a little thought and I drew it on paper several times. The wood is 12” wide and looked right with the 14.5” height. The length changed a couple of times trying to balance function with aesthetics. With only one shelf I thought I could make it long enough for three pairs of adult size shoes, but that made it 36” long which didn’t look right to me plus it was a little long for the spot I want to put it. I settled on 30” which is big enough for three pair of shoes if they are not all adult size.
I cut stopped dados into the botton of the bench top to accept the legs and then cut through tenons with a walnut wedge to secure the top to the base. The shelf is set into the legs with through dados and nailed with 3” square iron nails, (they look hand forged to me).
The legs are splayed at 3deg to the side and front so all the pieces and joinery are cut at 3deg. I also added a cut out at the bottom of the legs. This give the bench feet and puts less bearing on the floor.
I really like how it turned out after spending so much time drawing and mocking up height and angles. I feel like every detail adds to the overall design and, in my mind, would look odd any other way.
I still plan to paint it with milk paint and linseed oil, but it will probably take some time to decide on the color.
In my shop the only electrical is for the lighting and I use all hand tools. Wood plains, handsaws, brace and bits, etc. Surfacing rough cut lumber is quite a chore but it is one of the thing I like the most.
I will post a picture after I get it painted. Maybe Blue… :)
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