We created this oak banquette bench for a local New Paltz customer looking for comfortable kitchen seating and extra storage. The design criteria were a comfortable seating arrangement with storage underneath that was constructed using local materials and Zero-VOC coatings.
Our design includes a hand sculpted 2″ thick white oak seat for century-long durability and a grounded feel. The seat attaches to the white oak base with Ipe wedged tenons for a flawless finish. The base cabinet storage provides an elegant way to keep the extra kitchen supplies handy.
Because we used no plywood in our design, each side of the oak banquette bench had to be carefully crafted to withstand the expansion and contraction of solid natural wood panels. The entire piece of crafted from locally cut and milled white oak – a wood noted for its durability and toughness. Wood grain direction is vitally important in a piece like to eliminate the chance of cracks. Sliding joints, tenons, and glue joints were all used to join different parts of the seat.
The piece was finely sanded and hand scraped before oiling with Penofin Verde penetrating oil finish. This great finish provides a tough barrier to dirt and water while remaining 100% safe for children and pets and containing no carcinogenic chemicals or hazardous materials. We often apply it without gloves because it is so safe. Refininshing is easy and can be performed by the new owners in the comfort of their own home in a matter of minutes – no sanding required!
White Oak Banquette Seat
Wedged Tenons in Thick White Oak
100% Solid Wood Construction
Comfortable Sculpted Seat Top
Custom Designed to Fit