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Project by j_dubb posted 11-07-2013 10:52 PM 4132 views 20 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a good while we’ve been using one of those cheap black plastic shallow things just inside our front door as a place to keep our shoes. Naturally shoes would pile up, and it’d become a bit of a mess.

I decided early on that I wanted to up my woodworking game and really go all out on the next project, which would be a nice bench to put by the front door. I was going to make it so you could open up the top, I had decided I was probably going to use oak for the project.

Ultimately I decided that oak was simply too cost prohibitive for this project, unfortunately. Some more time had passed until one night I was idly browsing the web looking for project ideas when I stumbled upon a 2×4 project website (http://www.morelikehome.net/2012/09/31-days-of-2x4-projects-day-1.html) and found a bench.

I modified the dimensions to suit our needs and went and picked up the 2×4’s from the big box store and got to work.

I previously joked that I estimated the time to complete this project from beginning was somewhere in the realm of 8 hours. 7 hours and 56 minutes of which were spent sanding. Sooooo much sanding…

At any rate….after I had everything screwed and glued I got started with the stain. I asked the wife if she preferred Watco’s Cherry or Dark Walnut by presenting her with a test piece of 2×4 with each stain applied to one side. She opted for the Dark Walnut.

I was satisfied with the results after 4 coats, and then proceeded with 4 coats of wipe-on poly, sanding with 320 between coats and finishing up with some 0000 steel wool.

After the bench was complete I left it up to the wife to outfit it with some baskets. I am happy with how it turned out over all.

The total cost for materials (factoring in that I already had the stain/poly) came in at less than $30….well for the bench itself. The wife shelled out $45 for the baskets! Ugh! lol

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey





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gsimon

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 11:13 PM

Isn’t always the way!
Great job
Greg

-- Greg Simon

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yrob

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 11:32 PM

i think it looks great !

-- Yves

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 11:46 PM

You make a mean looking 2×4 bench ,nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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j_dubb

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 11:54 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys!

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#5 posted 11-08-2013 12:26 AM

great bench,i’m sure the boss is happy!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 11-08-2013 10:50 AM

Nice job,,,, Happy Wife = Happy Life

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

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BigMig

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#7 posted 11-08-2013 03:08 PM

Hey, you’ve inspired me…we need to have something to hold a couple of laundry bins in the basement.

Nice work!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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Mauricio

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#8 posted 11-08-2013 03:20 PM

Man you make those 2×4’s look GOOD! Way to go man. I’m in a 2×6” phase right now so I really appreciate this piece.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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dbhost

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#9 posted 11-08-2013 10:47 PM

Wow. Not a word often seen in association with the humble 2×4, but wow… That is really nice.

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

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EoinB

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#10 posted 11-09-2013 01:41 PM

Nice job.

-- Handy as a hammer

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rackjabbit

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#11 posted 11-09-2013 11:50 PM

Nice bench, and it looks like it is doing the job. I see no clutter of shoes!

-- Once the dust settles, breath and behold the beauty of the wood.

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#12 posted 11-12-2013 03:19 PM

It looks great and sturdy. Like the finish and the baskets. It’s keeping the place tidy. Well done!

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#13 posted 05-11-2014 05:08 AM

This is unique, never seen any of this type of cabinet before.. What I am using is a standard one and mostly getting it from http://caldwells.com/ a door company that also sells closet and storage.

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