Bench/shoe storage for an entry way

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Project by alholstein posted 05-02-2008 07:08 AM 3605 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned project, with the requirement that it could only be 10 inches wide to fit in the entry space. I met that condition for the ends but bulged it out to 12 inches in the main body to allow for ease of sitting when putting shoes one. It was made of oak with a natural stain. My wife made the cushion over foam. I was pretty happy with it as was the customer.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#1 posted 05-02-2008 07:12 AM

Now that is cool as heck!... we need one of these so bad, seems like I’m always tripping over our shoes. I like the sitting bench idea… very well done… thanks for the post!!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 07:40 AM

Great looking bench. You did a very nice job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 05-02-2008 10:25 AM

Excellent timing – my wife has been getting on to me for one of these and all the sketches I did were rubbish mind if I “borrow” your design :)

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#4 posted 05-02-2008 11:14 AM

Al, very nicely done. Proof again that clean lines and quality craftmanship produce lovely furniture. Thanks for posting.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 05-02-2008 11:31 AM


This is a nice project. It is well designed and it has solid construction. It is a “clean” looking piece and the curved front adds a nice detail to the design. Your wife did an excellent job on the cushion too by the way.

This is a nice post. I can well understand why your client was pleased with the project. In the end that is really what is important.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 05-02-2008 01:49 PM

I agree that 10” wasn’t quite enough. Looks like you solved that problem very nicely. Very good job done well. Your wife did a great job on the cushion.

-- JJohn

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#7 posted 05-02-2008 02:22 PM

Nice project. I have a similar project on my list of things to do.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 05-02-2008 02:58 PM

This is really nice. It would be a great addition to any entry area.

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

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#9 posted 05-02-2008 04:14 PM

Al, very very nice, your solution for the seating is super. I also could utilize one of these for our entry area. I also love the choice of leaving the Oak natural. Super job.

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#10 posted 05-02-2008 05:22 PM

Great bench. That’s a real nice job.

Also congratulation on your 1 year on Lumberjocks!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 05-02-2008 06:27 PM

This is great looking. I have four daughters and am always tripping over shoes they “just have to have”, but use once. I might have to build one like this and add about 40 more openings for the rest of the shoes. Great job.

-- The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for.

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#12 posted 05-02-2008 06:48 PM

Very nice – practical and beautiful – what more could one ask for? May have to ‘borrow’ this one.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#13 posted 05-03-2008 05:10 AM

i like the “bulge” as you described…it is such a nice design element—-without it it would look like a “simple bench”—-but this design you added takes it up to a new level….very nice…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 05-03-2008 05:11 AM

Thats a great looking shoe bench. It’s always nice when the customer is happy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 05-03-2008 06:32 AM

Very nice looking shoe bench. Do you mind telling us how much you charged for this?



-- Joe,

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