Cole's Window Seat/Toy Box

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Project by lobro4 posted 11-18-2009 11:10 PM 7552 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So one of the docs I work with says his son needs a window seat. It would be great for him to sit by the window and read… and he loves to read. Storage was a need as well. The result is a 70”x18”x18” oak box. Frame and panel construction. I had debated on whether to make the lid one or two pieces. Once I saw it glued up, no way was I going to cut that lovely long panel in two! (See last picture.) You can see that I chose to put platens and as well as a vertically oriented support on the underside of the lid. No flexing at all under stress. Panels are 1/4” oak ply and bottom is 3/4” oak ply. Rails and stiles are S4S 1x oak. The lid is glued up of three pieces of 5/4 oak. The legs are made from 2 layers of 5/4 oak. Two lid supports may have been enough but I used three 90-pound lid supports to save little fingers from injury. Color is Minwax Golden Oak and the top coat is lacquer applied by a local finish shop. Have fun reading and sitting and putting those toys away, Cole!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 11-18-2009 11:18 PM

Beautiful box! Love the natural look of that oak with the light stain. That should last him many years!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 11-18-2009 11:24 PM

Very nice toy box great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 11:26 PM

Beautiful grain patterns and nice construction! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 11:43 PM

Looks great. Should fit lots of stuff in there.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 12:17 AM

Nice work!

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 02:45 AM

Nice work. Good luck on getting the toys put away (-;

I made one about that size for my son’s room when he was young (35 years ago) The room’s walls had paneling on them so I matched the window seat/toy box to the wall paneling, over a plywood base. It was divided in two had two lids. Don’t know what happened to it but it was not a “heirloom” like yours.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 02:11 PM

Great project, very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 11-20-2009 05:35 AM

Great Lookin Seat

-- Jim, Kentucky

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