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Project by scrounger posted 02-13-2010 08:55 PM 1738 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Forget the finish! I got tired of coming home from walks with the dog in snowy and or muddy fields and coming into the house with those boots. This bench allows me to sit and remove them (built in boot jack) in the garage and store them in the bottom and not worry about the dog tearing up the boots. The grid on the bottom allows the snow or whatever to drip through. The drawer is for storing house slippers which I can put on and enter without the problems I had before. The spring allows the front panel to open gently without much wear on the stop blocks. I rabbited two pieces of metal on each side of the bottom where the bolt that holds the panel on goes through. After proper tension I drilled a hole through bolt and nut and inserted a cotter key. You can see a small wood plug to cover the bolt head and is easily removed if I have to get at it. It has been so cold in the shop that the finish just wouldn’t dry properly so I can wait until later to put a better finish on it. The Cherry was used simply because I had a lot of it around.

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#1 posted 02-13-2010 08:57 PM

This looks like a great bench. It sure has a great design.

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 08:53 PM

That is a nice idea and fills a need. Necessity is the mother of invention!!!!!!!!!
Nice job on the piece!

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#3 posted 11-30-2012 03:50 PM

Very good, looks well designed and executed. I find the hardest thing to do, is the design…you have so many options, and you don’t always know (for me I hardly ever know) what sizes, what features, construction techniques, esthetics…etc to use. All the attention to detail and pins, and boot jack, etc shows you must have spent considerable time “working it thru”.



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#4 posted 11-30-2012 04:36 PM

Very nice indeed!

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