Shoe Bench

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Project by Bill posted 10-28-2007 02:25 AM 2729 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a bit of Redwood left over from the Potting table I built, so I decided to make a shoe bench. This bench allows me to sit down and take off my shoes, and store them in the laundry area instead of in the house.

The bench is made of Redwood. I have not put a finish on it yet, but will probably use varnish.

The design also would work as an outdoor or serving table to match the potting table.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#1 posted 10-28-2007 02:30 AM

Very nice Bill. I like the design. One of these days I am going to have to drive down and see some of these great projects in person.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-28-2007 03:09 AM

Quick, clean and sturdy. A nice utilitarian piece. Well done, Bill.

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#3 posted 10-28-2007 04:05 AM

Nice bench. It should work great for years. Super job, Bill !!!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 10-28-2007 04:21 AM

Great Bill. But, I did notice something that should have been caught. The top two boards has red in the middle and white on the edges. The middle one has white in the middle and red on the edges. The bottom one has red and white in the middle and red and white on the edges.

you should try to match the color patterns as you assemble the bench.

But very nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 10-28-2007 11:51 AM

isn’t that PURDY

I hadn’t noticed the red/white, Karson.. but now that you mention it… and you can match it OR use it as a progression from front to back creating another design element.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 10-28-2007 03:27 PM

Jojo said it all – you have been busy recently have’nt you!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#7 posted 10-28-2007 04:30 PM

I tried to match up the boards as well as I could, but I only had some left overs. The most I could do was to try and match the sections on each level. If I was doing this as a commission, I would match up the shelving better.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 10-29-2007 04:11 PM


Looking at the middle shelf, it looks like the ends are not supported on the outside of the uprights, the ends with the notches. Those ends also look like a convenient place to rest your foot while standing up and lacing a boot. In my house I could see those ends getting snapped off pretty quick. I don’t think there is much strength in those little overhanging notches. Running a support along the front and back under the middle shelf would support those ends and match the look of the upper and lower shelves.

It looks like you’re able to store your shoes under the bench when not in use, that is convenient. I doesn’t look like you relieved the edges of the under shelf supports, in particular the front to back supports of the middle shelf, specifically the bottom inner corner of the front to back middle shelf supports. I could see myself leaning down to put a pair of shoes under the middle shelf and hooking the back of my hand on those corners.

Either relieving those corners or adding the side to side front / back support under the middle shelf might protect from bumps.

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#9 posted 10-30-2007 05:41 PM

That’s a neat idea, Bill.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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