Entry hall bench joinery

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Forum topic by DrPuk2U posted 01-10-2013 06:25 PM 1309 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2013 06:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: entry hall bench joinery

My wife has asked me to build a bench for our laundry room that would have compartments beneath it to hold boots and shoes. I have come up with a schematic design that works

It’s 42” wide, 20” high with 10” high compartments for boots and 6” high compartments for shoes. I’m thinking a solid top with frame panel ends. Then I can let the top into the panel sides. I’ll probably just do the compartments with plywood though that won’t look so great.

Any thoughts, suggestions or pointers to other designs would be great.


-- Ric, Northern Illinois, "Design thrice, measure twice, cut once... slap forehead, start over"

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 07:12 PM

I have built stuff like this, Ric.

I’d prebuild the top and shelves as slatted constructions. I’d cut cross grain dadoes for vertical dividers in all three of them.

Dividers could be 5.2 plywood with an MDF core—edges look fine. Or two sided hardboard (masonite) painted, say, black.

If you were concerned about the esthetics of the dividers, they could stop two inches from the front of the piece and you could fill the exposed dado.

Am I hitting anywhere close to the target here?



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