Shanty Hall Tree Bench

Happy Monday guys!!

We have such a fun plan to share with you guys today!

Last week Ashley and I teamed up to build this amazing hall tree!

How cute is that??

Ashley and I teamed up withPureBond Plywood to not only build this piece, but also video the entire process… From buying the wood to moving the finished piece into the house.  So fun!

We will be sharing those videos soon, and we hope they will inspire all of you to get your hands on some power tools and get to work!

We wanted to build a piece that would showcase the amazing PureBond Plywood, and I think we hit the nail on the head with this one ;-)!

The thought of building beautiful furniture with plywood may sound a bit strange.  It did to us as well!  That was until we learned about PureBond Plywood.

PureBond Plywood can be found at any Home Depot.

What sold us on PureBond

~ It uses Formaldehyde-free glue (scary to think we have been breathing in harmful chemicals until now)

~ It’s made in AMERICA… Whoop!!!

~ It’s made with wood from sustainable forests

~ It’s extremely easy to work with

~ Biggest selling point for us… It’s BEAUTIFUL!  You get the look of real hard wood for a fraction of the cost.  Home Depot stocks birch and oak.  You can also order hickory, maple, you name it and have it delivered to your store… Love that!

So after learning the benefits of PureBond Plywood, we will never go back.  It’s such an obvious choice and it fits quite nicely in our shanty budgets!

Let’s talk about the math on this one…

We found a similar hall tree online that sold for close to $1400.  Wowzers.  No thanks!  So… Of course we enlisted the help of our sweet friend Ana to make us some plans to create our own at a fraction of the cost.

Our total cost for this build… $120!  Yah.  I think that makes the hall tree even prettier 😉

Just a few quick tips…

~We chose to use PureBond Oak

~We chose to use 1×3 for the bottom trim, and we used 1×4 and 1×3 for the top trim.  We love the rustic look, and we love that it saved even more money.

Here are just a few more photos of this great hall tree!

Hope you love it as much as we do!  We are super excited to share the video tutorials with you soon!

Make sure to check out the full plans for this great hall tree over at!!

  • Andres Hernandez
  • sellskd

    how wide is the base?

  • Kara Victoria Moss

    What stain/finish did you use? Or did you say somewhere and I am just missing it?! I love the finish in the picture!

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  • Kris

    Any chance you have ideas/pla ns for making this not as high backed (about half) and one cubbies longer? Also, would it look ok chalk painted or would that defeat the point of the special wood? And could we use regular wood for the back? Obviously newbie diy in the building from scratch area, but looking at buying one of these for over $425! (I sent you a pic from Facebook messenger.) Thank you so much for al your help!!!
    P.S. I’ve Made 4 of your projects in the past 6 months and am obsessed! Thank you!!!!

  • Ben Grisinger

    I see this is an old thread though I just built this Hall Tree. Came out really pretty (not stained yet)

    Overall a pretty simple build which can be done in just a few hours. This one ran me $137.00 (includes sand paper, glue, screws, stain, and poly). Adding hooks will take the cost to about $155


  • Melanie

    This post appears to be 4 yrs old. Where is the tutorial?

    Hope you love it as much as we do! We are super excited to share the video tutorials with you soon!

  • JFranklin

    Thanks for the plans .

  • JFranklin

    I’m just about done. The only thing that isn’t complete are the wings on the side. I have a jigsaw (but I’ve never used it before). How do I stencil the side wings?

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  • Jeremías Chajtur Jordan

    Just discovered your site thru pinterest.
    I’m deffinetely gonna do some of your designs, starting from your kids bed, and finishing with this one. Some alterations are obviously considered but you’ve been a great isnpiration, thank you for that.


  • Trucker4life6688

    Can you please email me the plans for this, I would love to build this as a gift for my ex and her new husbands house

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  • Brian Anderson

    I just finished building this for my wife and I must say for my first true woodworking project it turned out great. It was also my first time using the Kreg jig and I’m hooked for life! Thanks for providing such great plans for the community and keep it up!

  • disqus_IE2EwJBtWa

    where can you find the plans to build this??

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  • Kellar Nelson

    My dad helped me make this as a suprise wedding gift for my fiance (we’re getting married August 31st!) I enjoyed the time I got to spend with my dad making it and LOVE how it turned out. It will look great in the entryway of our new house. I can’t wait to see my hubby’s face when he finally realizes what we’ve been up to! 🙂

  • nicole

    I don’t see a vifeo or a link then I am def interested to building this

  • Laura McDaniel

    I just finished my hall tree and I couldn’t be happier! Check it out on my blog:

  • Is the video attached yet? I don’t see it on here. Getting ready to start this project and would love to see your captured process first.

  • DAN

    You said you used PureBond Plywood …but for the trim and 1 bys did you use pure oak or the plywood? Also how did you connect the top part? With the kreg jig?


    • DAN

      Any help?

      • We actually used white wood and pine boards to save money. They stain similar and we like the rustic look it achieves. To connect the top part we used wood screws from the back and went into the base. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Hey Dan,
        Sorry for the delay. We used furring strips for the 1x’s to save money and we connected the top with gorilla glue wood glue and finishing nails. Hope this helps!

  • AmberMcGuire

    Did you ever post the video? I’m not seeing it.

  • SCollings

    I am working on this now and I have the storage area built. I have a few questions. On the plans, they call for 3/4″ PHs and 1 1/4 PH screws. I understand the 1 1/4 screws, but what is the 3/4″ PHs they are talking about? Also, for the top frame, how are all of the pieces attached together? I just can’t figure it out. 🙂 I am soooo excited to have this in my home, it is beautiful! One more thing… The plan calls for 2 1X4s but you actually need 3 to get all of the cuts. Nothing another trip to Home Depot didn’t fix. 🙂

    • mchipser

      PH = Pocket Holes

  • Amanda

    Do you think metal roof shingles could go in the squares to make a magnetic back?

    • I don’t know about roof shinlges, but I know that you can get magnetic paint that is an under coat and paint whatever colour you want on top it of including some of the ones that look like hammered metal. (My sister used the hammered copper look paint to do an ugly bulk head that ran through her kitchen and it turned out fantastic.)

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  • Janet Ditello

    how wide and how tall is it?

  • thank you thank you thank you… ;o) I am WAY excited… I didn’t see the link!! :o)

  • Joni

    This is a really nice piece of furniture that looks antique! It is so neat to have something you’ve made on your own.

    I would like to start making some of my own furniture. I need a hall tree, book shelves, shelves/table for guinea pig cages (3), armoire, etc. My husband says it will be more expensive to make the things we need because we would need to buy tools. What tools do you need? What tools did you use to make the hall tree?

    God Bless!

  • Love this…would you share where the plans are for this piece??? :o) WOW…y’all did an awesome job!!!

    • Thank you Jennifer! There is a link in the post to the plans:)

  • Laura

    you guys are so talented! I need to get my wood working skills up to par! But I LOVE that pillow! where is it from?!

  • comeca

    Perfection ladies!

  • Hi there – did you get the hooks from Home Depot, too?

  • Lynn

    This is gorgeous! LOVE it!!

  • Jody

    Amazing! You guys have such talent and you use power tools too! ; )

  • vintagegypsy

    REally sharp!!!!! Love youe designs and your style!! Keep up the great ideas…..

  • Laurie

    Love this project! Thank you for sharing. My mind is reeling with ideas to do!

    • That’s awesome Laurie!! Thanks so much! 😉

  • debbie_mann

    omg i love this,, i really really really want one. Cant wait to see the video.

    • Thank you Debbie!! We are excited to share it with you!!

  • Terri Dodd

    Love it…I can’t wait to see the video! I am a visual learner and I think it will be very helpful! TFS!

    • Great Terri! I am the same way! We are hoping it will helps lots of you!! 🙂

  • GigglingGerty

    Love, love, love this!!! I can’t wait for the video… i am still too “scared” to start anything that needs power tools 😉 & I’m still saving for my kreg, the shipping to oz is ridiculous, altho a seller on ebay did have it for $5, but obviously wised up on his typo and it is back to $55. & a change in stain colour…. i hope dark walnut is ok with that!! Anywho i luv it!!!!! Juanita.
    P.s. can anyone tell me what the equivalent to PureBond would be in Australia, or arecommend something to use for this type of project. Thank you!!!

    • Thanks so much Juanita!! I will check on the PureBond question for you!!

  • Judy@In His Grip Sturman

    This is awesome. I just took everything out of my enter way for a redo. This would be a great start.

    • Agreed Judy!! Good luck! Thanks so much! 😉

  • Perry

    Love the finish! I want to use this type of finish on a headboard. Can you tell us how you did it?

    • We used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Early American. You can find it at Lowe’s! Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

  • crystal woolever

    Love it!!

  • Traci

    What a beautiful piece! You guys did an amazing job! I have been wanting a hall tree for my entry way and this would be perfect! I was just wondering what color of stain you used?

    • Thanks Traci!

      We use Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Early American… I think it’s a new fav 😉 You can get it at Lowe’s!

  • Cheryl

    Wow ! You rocked out another fabulous piece of furniture! Love this
    Thanks for sharing about Pure Bond. Sounds like something I would
    want to work worth.

    • Thanks so much Cheryl!! We appreciate it! 🙂