Window Seat

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Project by Blair Helgason posted 01-20-2009 05:50 AM 2933 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I recently moved into our first home. Our biggest problem right now is storage.
Hence… the Window Seat.

With no linen closet, a suitable place for blankets and towels had to be made. Also, there was a lot of wasted space under the window.

I started with some scrap 1/2 plywood and made the inner structure including two dividing walls. I then skinned the outside with 3/4 and 1/4 MDF and lined the inside with some old paneling that the previous homeowners left behind. I had to use overlay hinges because of the MDF’s weak end grain. As for finishing, I just patched it with drywall compound and painted it.

After a month or two I started to get a little cracking along the edges. I’m assume that happened because of the movement of the house and I made the bench a friction fit between the wall and half wall. In retrospect that probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do but, live and learn. It’s still very functional and looks pretty good.

-- Blair

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#1 posted 01-20-2009 07:23 AM

I like the way the base molding ties it into the wall and the partial wall next to it. Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 08:10 AM

Great job…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 09:19 AM

Excellent build!

-- I will not preach, nor will I be silent.

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#4 posted 01-20-2009 09:28 AM

functional and sturdy. Looks good

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 01-20-2009 09:29 AM

Nicely built.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 01-20-2009 02:28 PM

Very nice looking storage.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#7 posted 03-07-2009 03:45 AM

Nice window seat.

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#8 posted 10-17-2009 06:01 PM

Excellent use of the space and re-use of materials.

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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#9 posted 10-18-2009 05:17 AM

Nicley done it looks great.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 06-14-2010 03:39 PM

It looks great, you better hope it’st going to be big enough to hold all that “stuff” :)

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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