Craftsman/Rodel entry bench

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Project by schroeder posted 575 days ago 1467 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Custom entry bench for friends. Simple craftsman with a little Rodel accent for flair. Had to be a specific size to fit. I built the seat like a cutting board…sturdy, but I really regret it..(think its Ugly!). Local white oak, stained and poli finish. Not my favorite piece, but she seemed to like it, and I guess that’s what matters….


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Terry Ferguson

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#1 posted 575 days ago

It’s actually a nice project done with good details and craftsmanship. At first I wasn’t put off by the seat, then you said that you weren’t happy with it and got me to looking at it more closely. It might be that the shelf below, which is a good design and well executed, demands attention that it’s not getting because the seat is blocking. I wonder what it would look like if the seat was made with openings between boards to mimic the shelf, but just the opposite. In other words where there is a board in the shelf, there would not be a board in the seat – positive negative space play. A thought to consider if you ever build another. Keep on building!

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#2 posted 575 days ago

Thanks! – I think your right,.....that would have been a little better play, but honestly,.....the more I look at it…I’m really starting to hate it!....I dunno….

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#3 posted 575 days ago

This is a wonderful design and a super build.

-- Custom furniture

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 574 days ago

Great job on this, Schroeder.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 574 days ago

Looks great to me. As far as making the top/seat mimic the shelf, maybe it wouldn’t look like it was meant to be sat on that way?

The main thing is the customer liked it, regardless of any of the rest of our opinions! :>

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#6 posted 574 days ago

Very well designed piece of furniture.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 574 days ago

Great looking bench. I like all the detail, the through tenons, darker square plugs and the lattice work bottom. I think the seat looks just fine. We are always our own worst critics. Well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 574 days ago

Yeah – I guess I am missing what’s not to like here. I have been thinking of different ideas for a bench just inside our front door recently and when I saw this I immediately thought ‘ah-ha’! I really like the design, including the top and will use it for inspiration on my own bench.

Great work IMHO!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#9 posted 574 days ago

Great bench, well done.

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

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#10 posted 573 days ago

Well executed. Simple, which could be your criticism? I think its missing some curves in the cross pieces which might carry the eye through the piece?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 505 days ago


Caught my eye again! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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