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Forum topic by Michael James posted 03-21-2011 07:01 PM 1406 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Michael James

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03-21-2011 07:01 PM

Hey Everyone,

So I’m a bit lost. I’m trying to find some plans I can either modify or that have everything I’m looking for and am having some trouble. My wife would like a better solution for the entrance to our house. We don’t have a closet close to the front door (older 50’s bungalow) and we want a good entry bench.

Here’s the criteria:

- Some shoe storage
- Separated storage for all the gloves / touques / hats /scarves etc. that come with living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (we have two kids so she wants something that can keep their stuff separated)
- Coat hanging.

I’ve seen some high-back hall trees and many other designs, but I can’t seem to find one that will fit the bill. I’m not at the point where I can actually design something from the ground up (I’ve tried and hated the look) so any insight would be awesome.



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#1 posted 03-21-2011 11:57 PM

Have you thought of making a bench with a separate shelf on the wall above it instead of one large unit? Or is this not going against a wall? And if you send me your email in a private message I can send you a couple storage bench planes to get you started.

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RS Woodworks

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 12:12 AM

Hey Michael, I’m not sure how fancy your looking for, but this can’t be all that hard to design yourself. I’m envisioning a lower shelf to hold some shoes, a basic lift top box similar to a toy box or blanket chest, with a tall back and some coat hangers on it. Maybe another shelf up top for more gloves / hats, whatever.
Is that about what your looking for? Pre-made plans are likely available for some similar stuff, but to get exactly what you want your gonna have to do some of your own designing.
If ya want, drop me an e-mail with some more details.
Can you build something from a picture? Cause surely you can find something similar on the net…

How about like this?
Or this? And just modify the bottom?
A simple image search turns up a ton of similar stuff.

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Michael James

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#3 posted 03-23-2011 12:50 AM

Hey Ryan,

It’s more about scale and proportion for me. I just need something to go off so I can get started. Those are good ones and I might grab that hall tree from plansnow, but I had another idea so I might pursue that too. I did some drawings but they looked like crap so I just wanted to see if anyone else had some insight. BreakingBoardom gave me some good insights too with some plans.

Thanks man…nice stuff btw…

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