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January 12, 2020 0 Comments

DIY Entryway Hall Tree Bench staled in front of a diamond wall paneled wall

"Give your entryway a fresh new look with this DIY Hall Tree Bench."

Lately, hall tree benches have sort of become my thing. They are great pieces for providing good organization for small spaces and the perfect addition to an entryway space. 
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Hall Tree Bench styled in front of a diamond wall paneled living room wall
 This hall tree is no different, but I decided to step it up a notch with this one by adding a fancy mirror. When I'm leaving the house, I always like to pass by a mirror for that last final look, so I thought, why not incorporate it into this hall tree bench. Genius, I know!
DIY Entryway Hall Tree Benches styled for the home entryway space
If you're in the market for an Entryway Hall Tree Bench and don't find this one amusing, have no fear. I have two other benches that may tickle your fancy. Check out the two benches here, both are linked in the post. 
Hall Tree Bench styled in front of a diamond wall paneled living room wall
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Now let's get into the nitty gritty.
Dimensions
DIY Hall Tree Bench 3D model plans
Materiels
  • 7 - 1x3x6 (Select Pine)
  • 1 - 1x2x6  (Select Pine) 
  • 1 - 1/4" piece of plywood  
  • 1 - 3/4" piece of plywood 
  • 1 - Project Panel 
  • 2 - 3/4" Dowel
  • 12x48 Frameless Mirror
  • Coat Hooks 
  • Pocket Hole Screws
  • Mirror Adhesive
  • Brad Nails
  • Staples
  • Wood Glue
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For those of you who are more visual, I created a quick video of my process building this hall tree. Check it out and then read the steps below.

Step 1: Build Hall Tree Bench Sides

To begin building the bench sides, I first had to cut the notches out of my 1x3s; I did this by using my miter saw. I marked off where I wanted to cut and made the same beveled cut for all four legs of the hall tree bench.

1x3 Select Pine boards notched out for a DIY Entryway Hall Tree BenchNext, I attached the bench sides to the 1x3 legs using a Kreg Jig on a 3/4" setting. I assembled them together using pocket hole screws and added some wood glue for extra strength. 

Dewalt Atomic Hammer Drill screwing in pocket holes into hall tree bench

I used my new DEWALT Atomic Hammer Drill for this build and it did a great job creating pocket holes and drilling in screws. It features a 2-speed brushless motor and its compact size of  6.8" makes it really lightweight. At 2.5 lbs, it was the perfect drill for a project like this one. The kit comes with two batteries, a charger and a bag.

Assembled Hall Tree Bench Sides with pocket holes and a DEWALT ATOMIC 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless 1/2 in. Compact Hammer DrillI inset the hall tree bench sides so that the inside of the bench sides were aligned at the beginning of the notched corner. The pocket holes should be facing inward and the notched side of the bench leg should be facing inward.

Step 2: Assemble Bench Frame

Once the bench sides were assembled, I attached the longer 3/4" plywood boards to the assembled sides using a Kreg Jig on a 3/4" setting and pocket hole screws.

Entryway Hall Tree Bench sitting on a Kreg workbench in a wood shopThe pocket holes on the top 3/4" board should be facing upward and the pocket holes on the bottom board should be facing down.

Step 3: Add Trim to Hall Tree Bench Frame

Next, I added the trim to the hall tree bench. I used my brad nailer and wood glue to attach the trim to the assembled bench. 

DIY Hall Tree Bench sitting on a Kreg Workbench with a DEWALT ATOMIC 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless 1/2 in. Compact Hammer DrillI attached a 1x3 board to the top of the bench and the top back side and used a 3/4" dowel for the bottom front and back trim, as shown above.

Step 4: Attach Bench Top 

With the bench assembled, it was time to add the bench top. I used a project panel to create the hall tree bench top. I first had to cut it down to size using my circular saw.

DIY Entryway Hall Tree Bench sitting on a Kreg Workbench in a wood shopThen I attached it to the bench using my brad nailer , brad nails and wood glue. The back of the project panel top should be flush with the back of the bench, to ensure the hall tree backing can sit evenly on the back of the hall tree bench.

Step 5: Build Upper Hall Tree Frame

Next, I began building the upper frame of the hall tree by attaching 1x3s together using a Kreg Jig on a 3/4" setting and pocket hole screws. I first created the outer square and then attached the middle 1x3. I made sure to place the mirror down in the frame to make sure there was a snug fit.

Hall tree bench in a wood shopOnce I assembled the upper frame, I attached it to the bottom bench using the pre-drilled pocket holes and pocket hole screws. Be careful when assembling these two together because the top is a little flimsy without the backing.

DIY Hall Tree Bench in a wood shop

Step 6: Attach Hall Tree Bench Backing

Next, I began building the upper frame of the hall tree by attaching 1x3s together using a Kreg Jig on a 3/4" setting and pocket hole screws. I first created the outer square and then attached the middle 1x3. I made sure to place the mirror down in the frame to make sure there was a snug fit.

Hall tree bench in a wood shopOnce I assembled the upper frame, I attached it to the bottom bench using the pre-drilled pocket holes and pocket hole screws. Be careful when assembling this two together because the top is a little flimsy without the backing.

DIY Hall Tree Bench in a wood shop

Step 6: Attach Hall Tree Bench Backing

Next, I attached the 1/4" piece of plywood backing to the assembled hall tree bench. I first applied some glue to the back of the hall tree frame and then clamped the plywood and secured it down with my staple gun.

DIY Hall Tree Bench in a wood shopI decided to place the mirror on the hall tree to make sure it fits and man was I pleased. It came out way better than I expected.

DIY Hall Tree Bench with a Mirror in a wood shop

Step 7: Prep and Paint

With the hall tree fully assembled, I began prepping the build for paint. I used wood filler first to fill all of the nail holes and gaps on the project. Once the wood filler was dry, I sanded down the spots were I applied the Dap to smooth out the rough surfaces, then I gave the whole hall tree bench a good sanding.

Filling gaps on a hall tree bench with Dap caulkI painted the hall tree with one good coat of Behr paint and then used some caulk to fill the inner corners of the trim. Once the caulk was dry, I went back and gave the hall tree another good coat.

Step 8: Add Coat Hooks and Mirror

After the paint dried on the hall tree bench, I decided to add the coat hooks.

Coat Hooks on a Hall Tree Bench with a DEWALT Atomic Hammer DrillI first marked where I wanted the coat hooks to be and then drilled pilot holes into the backing. Once the holes were drilled, I used a screwdriver to screw in the coat hooks. I absolutely love these hooks, they are one of my favorite designs.

Pilot holes for adding coat hooks to a hall tree benchOnce the hooks were added, it was time to add the mirror. This was a pretty easy process. I applied some mirror adhesive to the back of the mirror and clamped the mirror down into place for several hours.

Loctite PL 530 10 fl. oz. Mirror, Marble and Granite AdhesiveI made sure to put something soft under the clamp to make sure I didn't mess up the mirror. After letting that dry, the hall tree bench was finished!

Now let's take another look at this fabulous hall tree bench, it really looks great in my little entryway. This build was the perfect combination of style, organization and functionality.

Hall Tree Bench styled in a home entrywayI especially love that I have a mirror right by the door for that last mirror check before leaving the house. I hope you guys enjoyed the project. 

Entryway Hall Tree Bench

As always, thanks for reading, XOXO Ashley.

  
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