Shoe Bench

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Project by CreekWoodworker posted 04-30-2011 04:01 PM 6023 views 24 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project in late November ‘10 and put the final finish on in April ‘11. It took a little longer than I planned but this project presented me with a lot of challenges to line up all the joints. The bench top and legs are made out of 8/4 Cherry. The shoe rack and side panels are walnut. I finished it with one coat of 1 lb shellac as a sanding sealer followed by eight coats of thinned poly (50/50) and buffed with bri wax. I thinned the poly so that I could wipe it on rather then brush. I was concerned that a brush would catch on the corners on the rack and unload too much poly.

I made this for my wife, but after seeing it finished she thinks its to nice to put shoes on… She makes sure shoes are dry before putting them on the rack.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 04-30-2011 04:46 PM

That is one very nice shoe bench

I would need to keep my shoes polished for it


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 04-30-2011 05:08 PM

Very very nice. Like Jamie, my shoes would destroy its appeal:) I think it’s a wonderful use of materials and the seat is very inviting. Excellent work.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 04-30-2011 05:24 PM

Great looking work Mike! I can understand why your wife is hesitant to use it, but it looks like it’ll last for years and make any entranceway that much classier! Nice job and thanks for the photos while building.

-- -- Mike

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#4 posted 04-30-2011 05:31 PM

Great job! I like the subtle contrast of the two woods as well as the hefty look and the sculpted seat. I need one of those for my four kids, but I guess I should learn from your, umm…mistake I guess, and not make it too nice to use for wet shoes.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 04-30-2011 06:42 PM

WOW!! That is one beautiful project there. I can see why it took you so long to do it. The finish is beautiful..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 04-30-2011 07:07 PM

VERY NICE! My shoes are envious!

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#7 posted 04-30-2011 07:15 PM

That is one nice shoe bench.
I have a shoe bench on the front burner and just gathering designs to go in my mud room and I’m seeing a lot come through lately with some good ideas.
Again, very nice.

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 04-30-2011 07:25 PM

Great looking project you have made. Love the color and your finish work is flawless! Well done!

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

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#9 posted 04-30-2011 09:27 PM

great project BUD!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 04-30-2011 10:12 PM

It came out very good, well worth the time spent.

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#11 posted 04-30-2011 11:10 PM

Wow nice job on your bech looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 04-30-2011 11:37 PM

I love the design. Is it your own? Nice work.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#13 posted 05-01-2011 03:50 AM

Thanks fot the wonderful comments everyone.
@Eric, it’s mostly my design although I did get the idea to to cut the curve in the bench top from Shop Notes.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#14 posted 05-01-2011 04:19 AM

Very unique. Love the design!

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#15 posted 05-01-2011 06:19 AM

Very nice design. looks terrific.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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