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Entry Bench ideas
Example of a natural slab bench
Emily's cradleExample of a(n ugly) shoe cubby
Need is for a bench in the entry hall of a large home where people can stop to take off their muddy shoes and put on clean shoes. I propose a slab bench style with 3 or 4 indentations like tractor seats. That way up to 3 or 4 people can sit comfortably while changing shoes. The bench could be a showcase for particularly fine wood. Shown in the above example (made by John Nesset and shown in Fine Woodworking No 155 back cover) looks like it is elm wood (but could be oak). Click on the woods tab for some suggested woods. In addition to the bench, it would be nice to have a place to store the muddy shoes. There might be up to 16 pairs of shoes at a time. So have a shoe "cubby" that complements the bench.