|Project by xraydav||posted 07-24-2015 02:30 PM||709 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
This was one of those projects where at age 62 I followed my thought process. My Mom just moved into a living situation with care available and wanted to spruce up her bedroom room. She gave me very specific measurements, as she does not trust me to not take the project over the moon and make it bigger and more complicated… guilty.
So the thing I noticed about my brain was in less than an hour I knew what it would look like. I do not suppose that I am so masterly creative, but suspect that this project registered with memories in my mind and although I do not remember any other window seat looking like this, this is what I drew on paper. I started with the draw. I wanted blind hand cut dovetails for the front and although it may be over kill dovetails for the back as well.
I was making this from pine, I knew I would have to inlay some hardwood runners on the bottom of the draw, used cherry by the way. And more hardwood runners for the draw to sit on. I wanted the bottom to be solid and drew from my previous Woodcraft class with Andrew Teixeira on making draws with hand cut dove tails. so I made a solid 3/4 pine bottom and used my table saw tennoning jig to bevel all 4 sides of the bottom so the edges were 3/8ths thick and they slope out with 3” wide cuts to the 3/4 side center. Then I carved the fan on the front of the draw knowing that I wanted the look of an older piece. Finally I went to work on the dovetails and finished in about an hour. end of day 1. Next day I wanted to make the sides and seat and draw support all out of the same 15: wide stock. Out came the porter cable biscuit joiner and that was day 2. I chose to put my hand planes to use and using my Bailey #5.5- #4 – & #3, I surfaced all the stock removing the glue from the biscuits and giving the whole piece that hand planed feel. day 3. Day 4 I did my dados in the sides for the construction and the bottom of the seat and top of the draw support got theirs to support the draw side guides. Everything was dados and dovetails. There are 8 screws in the piece. 4 – 1/4 screws to hold the hard wood runners to the bottom of the draw while the glue dried and 4 more drywall screws holding two glue blocks in the back to support the sides and draw runner.Well Mom is very happy. She is making curtains as we speak for the window and the fabric will also cover the foam seat cushion.. and now my wife wants one.
-- David, Norwood Mass, email@example.com