Front Entry Bench

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Project by moosejaw posted 01-30-2012 06:32 PM 2666 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, this was a journey. First I had to build the house. Then I built a shop inside the house. Finally I built the bench inside the shop. Wow, should have shopped at IKEA!

The bench is made with frame and panel construction in cherry. The finish is 2 coats of Danish oil w/ 2 coats of wipe on polyurethane, then finished off by being buffed smooth with carnuba wax. It is not a complicated design, but has really helped my woodworking and applied finish skills. This is my second piece of true furniture. The first was, of course, a bookcase.

Even though carpentry/contracting has given many opportunities for interesting finish work, built in’s and so on, it is not the same as this new journey of woodworking in the controlled environment of a real shop. I am enjoying every minute of it.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 06:42 PM

Very nice bench, enjoy the journey of making sawdust.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 06:58 PM

This Bench is really nice Ray.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 07:23 PM

Love it!
Thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 01-30-2012 10:21 PM

That is pretty nice, I need to build one as well. Where did you get the plans? and what are the dimensions?
Great Job

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 10:47 PM

Nice looking bench. It is put together quite well,nice joinery and finished nicely.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 04:54 AM

The bench plans are from

It is called “Sit a Spell” Hall Bench. I think I will be able to send you a direct message after this post. That should fulfill the 5 post minimum before being allowed to send a personal message.

The dimensions are 50” wide, 35” high, 16” deep. The actual seating area is about 42 1/2” wide. Enough for 2 people to put their winter boots/muddy boots on at the same time

-- Ray

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 05:05 PM

I really like this bench. I looked at the plans and I think yours looks prettier in cherry than the oak original. Nice work!

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 05:21 PM

I worked my way back from your last project for your daughter to this first step from carpentry to furniture. Looking good!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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