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Project by D11RDozer posted 726 days ago 3500 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench I just completed for our mudroom. I’ve seen these called hall trees, my wife calls it a cubby. Whatever it is, I came up with the design by combining two plans I found on the web (Plans Now and Wood Magazine). It’s all solid white oak with maple for the drawer boxes. The shoe shelf at the bottom is on Blum Bluemotion slides. The shelf and drawers were all hand dovetailed which was a first for me (other than the two on my workbench).

The finish is the same as on the end tables I posted in the past.
I used quarter sawn white oak finished with a 50/50 mix of Medium Brown and Reddish Brown TransTint dye dissolved in water, followed by a few thin coats of shellac, then General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain and topped with several coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal gloss with final coat or two in satin.

My finishing schedule came from Jeff Jewitt's Stickley Mission finish guide.





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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 726 days ago

You did a beautiful job on this piece. Those dovetails are PERFECT!

Nice nice workmanship.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 726 days ago

Impressive build. I agree, the dovetails are really, really nice.

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woodworm

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#3 posted 726 days ago

Really beautiful.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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exelectrician

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#4 posted 726 days ago

Awesome build beautiful attention to detail.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Bsmith

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#5 posted 725 days ago

My plans for a mud room bench just got upgraded. Beautiful job. This is going into my favorites.

-- Bryan

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Bertha

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#6 posted 725 days ago

Man, this is one handsome piece. How’d you achieve that finish on white oak? It’s glorious.
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Edit: and the seat is an awesome touch.

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

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D11RDozer

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#7 posted 725 days ago

Thanks all.

Bertha, take a look at the end table project I referenced in this post. I spelled out the finishing schedule I used.

<correction> I took a look back at the end table listing and I think I had the product names listed wrong so I edited both projects with the details.

I used quarter sawn white oak finished with a 50/50 mix of Medium Brown and Reddish Brown TransTint dye dissolved in water, followed by a few thin coats of shellac, then General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain and topped with several coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal gloss with final coat or two in satin.

My finishing schedule came from Jeff Jewitt's Stickley Mission finish guide.

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Bertha

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#8 posted 725 days ago

^Thanks D11R
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Edit: yep, there it is right at the top of the page. I don’t read too well;)
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50/50 mix of Dark Brown and Red Brown TransTint dye dissolved in water, followed by a few thin coats of shellac, then General Finishes Dark Walnut gel stain and topped with 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.
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It’s got to be the glaze, man. The red-brown trans is a big part of it too. I will be stealing this for sure:)

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

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DouginVa

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#9 posted 725 days ago

Beautiful. I was going to ask why is it so small….but I guess it’s to fit a specific space. Again, nice work.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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dpow

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#10 posted 725 days ago

Great looking project, I like everything about it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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dbhost

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#11 posted 725 days ago

That’s gorgeous…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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pintodeluxe

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#12 posted 561 days ago

Great project! Love the character of the wood. Nice dovetails!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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pintodeluxe

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#13 posted 304 days ago

How did you like working with the General Finishes gel stain? My usual opinion it that they are tough to wipe off to an even color, but last night I did a sample board with Antique Walnut gel stain over a washcoat of shellac and it looked great. Was it tough to wipe the gel out of the nooks and crannys?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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D11RDozer

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#14 posted 278 days ago

Pinto, I didn’t think it was too tough to wipe off, as long as it didn’t sit for more than a minute or so. For this finish, I really only wanted to darken the grain a bit, so it was pretty much on and off. It doesn’t really change the overall color in that case. The base of shellac helps with that as well. I have not tried coloring an entire piece with the gel stain so I can’t comment on how that works.

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