Craftsman Entry Bench

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Project by schroeder posted 08-29-2012 11:46 PM 3453 views 23 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This entry bench is my solution to “donations”. I only donate to charities that I like, but it seems that things at the auctions get low bids….(never more than a couple hundred dollars). So my solution is to build a “Donation Bench”. The plan is to donate it to those charities that regularly ask if I would like to donate something – and then just to go and buy it at the auction…’ll be cheaper in the long run, the charities will get the much needed cash and I won’t spend a hundred hours building something that only auctions for $400 max – though if one ever gets to $800, this bench is gone…
Made from black Walnut slab with Ebony accents – fit the base to the bench and added some G~n~G details on the legs. Two coats of sealer, 3 coats of gloss poly….its a good donation plan, (thought a little devious) …first time I hope nobody buys my work.


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 11:50 PM

Ha, good luck not selling it :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Ollie Vaughan

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 12:31 AM

That is a beautiful bench. I have several slabs of myrtlewood that would look good in a bench. Thanks for sharing. Ollie

-- Ollie

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 12:32 AM

I echo damian’s sentiment! That is beautiful. I love your stairs too (assuming those are YOUR stairs).

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 01:26 AM

Beautiful work. Good luck on the bidding :D
I never did find out what the donated box I gave to the Salvation Army went for. Should have been a pretty penny – folks don’t see much bigleaf maple ‘round here (it was your wood – Thanks again!).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 08-30-2012 01:28 AM

That is beautiful. If I had an entry way I would build one like it.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#6 posted 08-30-2012 02:55 AM

beautiful, and a clever idea. I’m sure the time savings will be well worth it!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 08-30-2012 03:12 AM

Very well done! I wish I was closer, my wife would love to bid on it!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 08-30-2012 03:22 AM

That’s beautiful man – good luck buying it back!

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#9 posted 08-30-2012 03:28 AM

Good luck, it looks great. Kind of a combo of great styles. The wood is amazing.

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#10 posted 08-30-2012 03:30 AM

great looking bench. I like the walnut slab top and the greene and greene details.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 08-30-2012 03:32 AM

Been there, done that with donations that get auctioned. $800 seems a very reasonable price for this bench. It would be crazy to give it away for less.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#12 posted 08-30-2012 06:16 AM

This sure is a beauty! Very tempting to bid on too!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 08-30-2012 07:13 AM

Great bench, beautiful details.
Can you share with us how you made the horseshoe accents at the bottom of the legs?

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

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#14 posted 08-30-2012 09:59 AM

Wow, what a great bench and I love the hint of G&G in this great work.

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

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#15 posted 08-30-2012 01:00 PM

Thanks all! -

Prplheart, the stairs in the background are in our new house and are a replica of the staircase in the “Blacker House”, one of the Green and Green “Ultimate Bungalows”. It’s a big project (am using Black Walnut instead of the traditional Mahogany) and is taking me a couple years to finish. I’ll post it when it’s done and the bourbon shall flow around our house!

Douglas – I’m glad you liked the maple, the box looked great!

Pinto – The details you’re talking about are called a G~n~G “fading indent” and rather than give my poor muddled description on how to make them, I would refer you to Darrell Peart’s website and book. He is our local G~n~G master in the Northwest, (it’s a simple jig, just tough to describe)


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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