Boot Bench Part 1

Last week saw the start of my newest project; a commissioned boot bench. Taking inspiration from the clients current Ercol Stacking chairs, I designed a small bench for their hallway with incorporated shoes storage. This piece involves a lot of fine details and angles so I have spent a long time drawing it up to make sure the measurements are as accurate as possible.

Two days have been spent bashing out the turned components which has been great fun. I had to act fast to make sure I get the lengths and dowels turned before any movement in the wood occurs and puts my measurements out of whack.

I was lucky enough to bag some stunningly clean 1 1/2" Oak, fresh from the kiln. The nature of it has made the turning a little easier, so as not to have to think of nasty grain changes and off putting knots. The finish will need plenty of sanding to get a nice soft-touch feel, but thats part'n parcel with the nature of Oak, I guess.