Split drawer built-in bench with oak herringbone top

Submitted by GeekAthair on Sat, 12/19/2020 - 10:17

My second take on Ana White's mudroom bench design. This time I went with a split drawer design to provide room for the power outlet on the wall behind it and made my first attempt at a custom herringbone pattern for the benchtop. The frame is made out of douglas fir and the benchtop is made out of reclaimed red oak. The herringbone pattern is accented by two geometric mountain ranges (Minwax Antique Jade wood stain), signifying our placement here in the Pacific Northwest, nestled between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. The benchtop was finished with 3 coats of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane (semi-gloss).

I'm very happy with how it turned out and plan to make a similar benchtop to replace the one in our dining room once I clear my plate a bit :)

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Douglas Fir and Red Oak
Finish Used
Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane in Semi-Gloss
Minwax Woodstain in Antique Jade (for the mountains as well as the frame and drawers)
Recommended Skill Level


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