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Shoe Bench – DIY Shoe Storage Bench – Scrap Wood Project

Shoe Bench – DIY Shoe Storage Bench – Scrap Wood Project

In this blog article, I’ve got another live edge woodworking project coming your way, this one made mostly from leftover, scrap wood from previous projects.

Several months ago, my wife made a handy dandy shoe bench out of some leftover wood that was laying around out in the garage, which she did a great job on it. I thought that since we’ve been making all kinds of live edge style cedar furniture for our home recently, such as a headboard and matching nightstands, that it would be nice to make a few, small modifications to her project to stay with the live edge cedar theme. She was happy to let me update her shoe bench so I thought I’d share an overview of the project to hopefully inspire you to build something similar yourself.

The original shoe bench was made out of some scrap pine boards, which I took apart, sanded down good, and patched a few holes and cracks with some wood filler. To spruce things up a bit, I put a fancy edge on all the boards with my router and then put it all back together again more permanently with some wood glue and pocket hole screws.

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I replaced the original top of the bench with a live edge cedar slab that was leftover from yet another project. There was a little bit of bug damage to this piece from burrowing insects, so I first repaired those areas with some wood filler, and then sanded the whole thing down. I wasn’t too terribly concerned about the underside of the slab, since no one is going to see it anyway, so I left it fairly rough and just gave it a quick sanding, stained it, and gave it a heavy coat of shellac, mostly as a means of giving the wood a good seal.

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To attach the live edge cedar top, I drilled some holes and glued some doll rods in the bench, drilled a couple of small, matching holes in the cedar slab, which you can line up perfectly using toothpaste to mark where you need to drill, and then glued and gently hammered it in place with a rubber mallet.

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Marking the top of each doll rod with toothpaste to indicate where to drill the holes for the top of the bench.

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Once I had the bench all put together, I gave it a final sanding with some 220 grit paper and then gave it a light coat of Sedona Red wood stain…which is my favorite stain for cedar. After the stain was good and dry, I wiped down the bench with a lint-free cloth and applied several coats of polyurethane.

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Finally, I attached a piece of medium weight fiberboard for the back, let the whole thing dry and air out for a few days in the garage to get rid of all the stain and polyurethane fumes, and then brought it inside and loaded it up with some shoes. As I always say, I’m by no means a master carpenter or furniture builder, but it didn’t turn out too bad and it was a fun project.

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So there you have it, I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that it gave you some ideas for things you can build with all that scrap wood you may have laying around. Check out the video below to see more…

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