Curved shoe bench

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Project by hickeymad posted 07-01-2011 07:02 PM 2393 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this for some friends who wanted something with curves that would serve as a place to store shoes at their backdoor, a place to sit while donning these shoes, and as a side table by their couch. I was originally going to do it as a bent lamination, but was unable to procure a drum sander cheaply, so I decided to try it as a bricklaid (bricklayed?) piece. Took about 50 hours. Woods are cherry and oregon black walnut, with ebony pegs.

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Lars Öhlin

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#1 posted 07-01-2011 07:11 PM

Very nice and fluid design!
So it’s solid wood? Did you use tenons or did you only use glue for the bricks?

-- Lars Öhlin [Sweden - Helsingborg - Domsten]

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#2 posted 07-01-2011 07:30 PM

Thanks! No tenons. Though the end-grain to end-grain joints are not strong, the overlapping layers have plenty of edge-grain contact. I think I could park my truck on this thing without damaging it.

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#3 posted 07-01-2011 07:46 PM

Wow… that was a lot of work, but it turned out beautifully!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-01-2011 08:14 PM

Okay so how did you go about shaping it? seems like it would be rather hard on a band saw to do that…

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#5 posted 07-01-2011 08:34 PM

We have an enormous amount of shoes under the stairway cupboard.Nowadays the boys just seem to buy them all the time.Funny when I was a boy we were so poor my mother bought us already well used shoes from a flea market .Some of them had slight tears and holes but were less leak-proof that the flapper I was wearing LOL.Different times for sure.the thought at the time was you only have one pair of feet why have two pairs of shoes it shoes LOL how times have changed. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 07-01-2011 09:35 PM

hi great piece of work love the design and shape
it flows nice and smooth would love to see how you did it
the wood Choice is great and great finish


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#7 posted 07-02-2011 10:51 AM

Nice work on this very different which is a good thing!

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

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#8 posted 07-03-2011 01:49 AM

I agree with everyone nice fluid design, it is the brick pattern faces that give it the dimension look.It must of taken a long time to sand. I also like the square buttons on the sides. Very creative

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 07-03-2011 04:48 AM

It’s the bricks that bother me most about the execution. I tried to keep the grain aligned, but it was nearly impossible with so many cuts and pieces. Though the curve is smooth, the bricks make it look fauceted. It diid indeed take FOREVER to sand. I had to fair it like you would a boat hull with a fairing stick. I bought a drum sander….next time its a lamination – it would cure all these ills…

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#10 posted 07-03-2011 09:09 AM

Real nice looking. Looks like a lot of work.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 08-20-2011 09:19 PM

I know you posted this a while ago, just wanted to say it’s a beautiful piece.

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Randolph Torres

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#12 posted 12-03-2011 07:12 PM

Best shoe rack I’ve ever seen!

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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