Hallway Butler Coat Rack Bench??

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Project by Burt posted 1332 days ago 5389 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this project and it was a blast. Saw a picture of one online and LOML said she liked it… of course I had to make one. It’s walnut with some walnut ply for the panels. On the sides I had to resaw for the narrow panels since both sides were visible and only one side of the plywood is good. Finished with tongue oil only, first time I used it and decided that was the key thanks to past posts from all of you guys. I really like the finish you can obtain with it, definately will use it in future projects. Thanks for looking and let me know what you think I can change for future projects.

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#1 posted 1332 days ago

You do GOOD job G.I. Someday somebody pay you. Great work. I would like to order a dresser, hutch, 2 end tables, and a muzzle for my co-worker… :-)

-- Mitch, Prince George VA

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#2 posted 1332 days ago

Nice looking design. Very nicely done and good craftsmanship. The only things I would have done different is make the mirrors longer or the whole unit shorter so you could use them. I also would not have used a sap board in the lid. If Mama is happy with it, that is the most important thing. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 1332 days ago

Is that the plan from woodsmith a couple years ago? I just started to build it and stopped at the bench. Well done.

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#4 posted 1332 days ago

Very well done. I wouldn’t change anything that hasn’t already been suggested.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#5 posted 1332 days ago

Don’t change a thing, It looks great. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 1332 days ago

I like a small amount of sapwood visible in some walnut pieces, shows that it’s real walnut, not stain or dye job on something else trying to look like walnut. Beautiful work.
Pat V

-- None

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#7 posted 1332 days ago

hat’s off! very well done! I love the sap wood. What did you use for hinges?

-- "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out alll fear." 1 John 4: 18

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#8 posted 1332 days ago

Great work. LMOL? Mother in law? It the 2nd time I read it. Again nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 1331 days ago

Thanks to all for the comments.

@Tom mirrors were more for looks than functionality and my thoughts about the sapwood were along the same lines as @Pat V mentioned in his post. Wanted to have something original. Like you said tho momma is happy so that means everyone is happy :-)

@robertT I actually found some free plans for the chest online from popular mechanics. I modified them and then kind of did my own thing for the top half.

@danr78 just used a 30” continuos(piano) hinge along the back of the chest seat.

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#10 posted 1328 days ago

Nice looking coat rack!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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