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Project by Michael Donnelly posted 521 days ago 678 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend had some friends over, and one of them sat on a small store-bought shelf she had near the front door. That made me think it would be nice to have somewhere we could set to put on and take off our shoes when going outside or inside.

I’m pretty new to woodworking, but the best way for me to learn is to do things. I looked at a number of pictures of five board benches people had made, and that looked like a simple enough way to do it.

If I were doing it over again, I’d use pocket screws so the screws on the front wouldn’t be visible. The top is held on with buttons.

The bench is made of oak. It’s pretty heavy, but that’s fine since I don’t want people to have to worry about whether they can sit on it. It’s finished with Tried & True Danish oil and lacquered.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 521 days ago

With each project we do we learn to make the next one better. Good job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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workerinwood

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#2 posted 521 days ago

Looks great, well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Jim Reeves

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#3 posted 521 days ago

I think you did a great job, l am making a few different lengths of benches heights as well .
I haven’t built allot been afraid to fail and not look good, this year decided to test my skills play around try a few cabinets, different types tables media center etc.
Now am working on 3-4 style benches, And a 5 ft wide x 6 ft high A frame garden seat for my daughter inlaw, 3 drawer cabinet for my sons breathing equipment, and 2 coffee/end table sets in oak for my wife and daughter.

My new found confidence to experiment at different type projects if one fails will repeat till i get it right.
Your on the right path great looking bench .
Keep up the good work try again and again till your satisfied

-- jim

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Jim Reeves

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#4 posted 521 days ago

Just a thought Michael, maybe drill srews bit deeper put plugs in hole, saw off level just a thought

-- jim

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Michael Donnelly

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#5 posted 521 days ago

Thanks everyone.

Jim, what would you do to make the plugs?

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LookingGlass

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#6 posted 521 days ago

Looks great! Love the oak wood. I made similar bench and used Kreg pocket screws to hold things together. BTW, Rockler and a number of the woodworking dealers sell “plug cutters” in various sizes (1/4, 3/8, etc). When I use regular screws, I counter sink the hole and then plug it with plugs made from the scrap wood. The plugs match the wood used…looks nice.

-- Take care.....Ed

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gsimon

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#7 posted 521 days ago

simple is always best! good job

-- Greg Simon

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Michael Donnelly

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#8 posted 519 days ago

That would work Ed – I have some scrap left over from it, and I can try it first on the back in case it doesn’t work out. Thanks. :)

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LookingGlass

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#9 posted 517 days ago

You are most welcome.

-- Take care.....Ed

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