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post #1 of 9 Old 01-06-2018, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Another new member here!

Hello! Just joined this site...I am beginner woodworker who had ZERO interest in this when younger (I would hold the flashlight or tools for my Dad and that was the extent of any wood working!). In my 50s now and it has become my new hobby! Oh so how I wish I learned more from my Dad! I did keep a lot of his tools but wish I had more.

Anyway, I have built a few simple things so far (small tables) and I'm trying to learn as much as I can even by trial and error! I am now trying to begin building a shoe and boot bench: trying to determine if I make a part of the sitting area about 55 inches wide, using 2, 2x10s, it will be strong enough and won't sag? (Entire length of this woukd be 90") Thought the 2x10s would be strong enough. Any thoughts are appreciated! (I have attached a pic of what I am trying to make.)
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-06-2018, 01:17 PM
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That is a worthy project. Welcome to the forum. I found a book at one of the local used book stores where all furniture is made from 2X4s.

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post #3 of 9 Old 01-06-2018, 02:26 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Gus! 2x10's are fairly stout but just pay attention to the grain and how it runs in the board. If your board has the slightest bit of bow, like 1/4" - 3/8" over the 90" length then place the bow up. If it has more bow than that then pick another board. Do you have the option of adding a structural brace, say a 2x4 on edge down the middle or at the back? Maybe a plywood back on this would still look ok but would add to the rigidity and strength...



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Thanks! Yes, I see a lot of projects can be made with 2x4s. Good practice for me as I am still mastering making square cuts. Been using Kreg pocket hole screws and they have been great to use.

And thanks for the board tips! I will be sure to browse these forums more often!

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Since the weight of sitting will only be on the bench occasionally, the 2x10 boards, especially with the bow David mentioned above, should be fine.
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Welcome Gus64, pretty good bunch here on this site. Lots of good information and support by knowledgeable people. I agree that a plywood back would finish it off well because also, when you put boots and shoes underneath the shoes might mark up the wall behind it, or base molding if placed against a wall.

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Welcome Gus, and I agree with what everybody else said, and there are a lot of good people here

Now if I was to sit on it for an extended time, I will guarantee you it would sag LOL

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Haha! Now if were just to warm up a bit here (PA suburbs) so I can spend a little time in my garage starting this project!
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