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Thread: Built-in bench with baskets

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Vernon, WI

    Built-in bench with baskets

    For over a YEAR now, my mom showed me some pictures out of a magazine of something she asked me if I could build for her. I said yes of course, and it took me this long to get my butt in gear and do it for her. Right when you enter our front door there is a little foyer area, or vestibule if you will, and directly to the right there is an area about 3' wide and 2' deep of empty space. She wanted a bench built there so you can sit and take your shoes off and what not, with 2 baskets underneath that could slide out and also wanted this thing to have a back to it with a shelf on top, being able to hang a mirror and maybe some coat hooks around it.

    Made everything out of Poplar, AGAIN I KNOW! You guys are going to shoot me for painting all this wood! I can just feel it coming I'm sorry it wasn't my idea to paint this thing My mom wants it painted black but distressed with a cream color showing underneath. Don't know exactly how to do that. Maybe just paint it all cream first (or at least the areas to be distressed), then paint it all black, then sand the areas to be "distressed" revealing the cream underneath? We are going to take a trip together to a paint store and ask them how to go about it. I saw Norm Abrum do it once, but it was WAY more involved.

    But anywho, I framed a little platform for the bottom and coverd it with 1/2" oak veneered plywood. I also used the plywood for the back. Had a whole sheet of the stuff for free... it was left over extra on a job I worked at The bench is 6/4 Poplar, 3 pieces glued and biscuit jointed together then scribed it to the wall, even though I covered it with little side rails ...probably didn't have to waste time on scribing then, but oh well. Don't have the mirror yet but she is going to pick one out. Angie and I picked out the baskets from a fabric store they were 50% off so it was a steal! Built the face frame from 4/4 then glued it all and Kreg-jigged it together... kind of how you would make a face frame for a cabinet I suppose. I used either wood glue or PL wherever possible and screwed and nailed wherever possible for extra strength. Wasn't worried about nail holes since it is getting painted, so I filled them all in with bondo. Which brings up another question I have but I'll post it in a different thread. Also the base moulding I used on the front of the "base" is different from the existing base in the room, but I wanted it to appear as sort of a seperate piece from the room, so I had to butt the existing base and scribe it to the new stuff. Well I realized I have been rambling on far too long now so I'll just get to the pictures. OH yeah one last thing, sorry Larry I know you told me I need to build something for myself now, but had promised this quite sometime ago, so NOW I might just have to make myself something Thanks for lookin' everyone.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Nice work Westley! Really like the look of that, can't wait to see it with the finish on it (even if it is paint ). The painting with the lighter color, then dark, and distressing it should work. I've seen Norm do it that way. Might get a few sample boards and test it out.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    well westly,your a smart fellar if you promised yur mom this some time back and have been gettin any of her cookin since then you owed her i have done just as you are doing and the rewards are far more valuble than you may know today but tommrrow you will.
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    That's a nice work Westley, and if it is going to be painted, so be it. After all it has to please your mom, which for the case is your customer at the moment so if she's happy, we are all happy as well.
    Best regards,

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Looking good, Westley. No shame in painted wood, especially if that's what the customer ordered. And when the customer is Mom, she's most definitely right. Looking forward to seeing the finished pics.
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    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    youre a good boy westly, and I mean it sincerely.(yourwork is excellent and its great that you post it)
    Last edited by allen levine; 02-03-2009 at 09:14 PM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    Very nice work. I especially like the trim work. Great design, excellent execution. And you get at least two points for making Mom happy...



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    nice work on built in!

    Nice work look's great , like the use of poplar and kreg jig for face frame, as well as molding for extra character, great job, sure your mom loves it , the distressed part will give it a look that will appear as it has been ther quite sometime, more character! later, DB

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Odessa, Tx
    Very NICELY done, Westley, ....and Kudos for keeping MOM Happy.

    Now the Hard Part, "Finishing". Ugh!!

  10. #10
    Very nice Westley. Your joints are really well done. I know there is a tendency to fill gaps with caulk when "paint grade" is specified - but your work doesn't need it. Well done.

    No need to apologize for painting anything. Of course I can't criticize because I've been doing a lot of paint grade work recently - with more on the way.

    Make sure you post pictures when it's finished!


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