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    Genkan Bench

    What is a "Genkan" you ask? It is the entrance way of a Japanese house, the place you hang you jacket and take off your shoes. I made a coat hook and shelf thing for the Genkan in our new house a long while back, nothing complex, just some stained pine and some hooks. My lovely wife would like me to make a bench to sit on to put your shoes one, but more importantly, it must have stowage under it, for the recyclables that seem to pile up in the Genkan.

    I have some idea of the style of bench we are looking for, but would certainly enjoy some input from all of you..........
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    .......OK, I think you get the idea

    I do not want something with a tall back, in fact, I'm thinking that the back may only be 6" or so tall, and there will certainly be no armrests, a side for sure, but nothing wide, as the space is rather small, only about 3' long.

    I was going to make this item out of some plywood, and paint it, it would have been quick and easy, but after meeting and talking to Garrett Hack, he has inspired me to take it to a higher level and make this out of real wood.

    I'm going to use wood from my rooftop stash

    cont........
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    After meeting Garret Hack and seeing Chuck Thoits hall tree build don't 'cha mean!!
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    I went up there today, and hauled down to the Dungeon one stack of "Ao Keyaki" or "Blue Zelkova" this wood is not as common as the Red Zelkova.

    Here is what things looked like up on the roof, after four years......
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    This is the stack I wanted.......
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    I took the pile apart............
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    Personally I like either with high feet or none at all. If you don't have a back, I'd say with no feet, which would give you more stowage anyway. What dimensions are you working with?
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    After meeting Garret Hack and seeing Chuck Thoits hall tree build don't 'cha mean!!
    Oh yeah, trust me, Chucks Hall Tree is certainly in there for inspiration, my wife has decided that she does now want the coat hook and bench part in one piece, so that is why I'm building the lower bench style
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Personally I like either with high feet or none at all. If you don't have a back, I'd say with no feet, which would give you more stowage anyway. What dimensions are you working with?
    I have about 3' of wall space to work with, not much depth either, I'll have to get exact dimensions, and a pic or two of the Genkan area.
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    .....back to the rooftop........
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    I have to admit, a few boards look somewhat wasted, but we shall see I guess.

    I had to lug the boards down from the rooftop to the 6th floor, where, thankfully, I could put them in the elevator for the ride to the 1st floor, then down the electric hoist into the Dungeon..........
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    I made sure all of the bark was off and there were no spots that bugs could be hiding in.

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    You can make out the grain in this shot...... well sort of......


    I took one board and put it on the bench, and grabbed my scrub plane and had a look.........
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    ......under all the weathering there looks to be something worth saving now I only hope I have enough here to make the bench

    The MC was about 8% not bad for my part of the work, I think.

    So it begins!
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    Just like opening a present looking to see what the grain is like isn't it??!! I'd say it is looking great!!!
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    stu, this was an idea for a friend of my brother. hopefully provides some inspiration.
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    Nice Dan, thanks!
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