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An entry bench isn't just a landing spot or a place to pause for a footwear change—it can also be a major style statement. Case in point: this industrial-inspired beauty. We connected various-size iron pipes and tee fittings, with flanges top and bottom, to form the base. A 2x12 attached with deck screws driven through the top flanges makes for a sturdy seat. A coat of Minwax's Early American stain adds just the right amount of warmth. Total time: 1 hour. All that's left is to turn it over and take a load off. To make a generous two-seater, use a board at least 45 inches long.