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Built-ins with window seat (how to fix a leaky window)

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Project by DustyDave posted 09-09-2007 03:28 PM 2494 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we bought this house 20 years ago I replaced the windows with inexpensive vinyl ones. Eventually, the miters in the vinyl frames came unglued and would leak if the rain hit them the right way. We decided to replace the window (6’ wide by 3’ high) with an Andersen slider. When we pulled the old one we found rotted wood in the frame. We exposed the entire wall replaced the bad wood and reinsulated. Finally, I built cabinets and a window seat for the room (my daughter’s).

My wife did the painting, curtains and seat cushion.

I used birch ply and poplar for the cabintets. I made the drawers out of 1/2” ply with two coats of shellac.

I put more pictures at: http://home.comcast.net/~debridgeman/jebthumb.html

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 09-09-2007 03:42 PM

what an amazing transformation. I really like the series of photos that tell the story.

Sounds like it was the good ol’ “Let’s replace this.. oh now we have to do this.. doh and now this… ” story.

Wel done—and the end result is wonderful!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dadoo

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#2 posted 09-09-2007 03:49 PM

I can see that this was a lot of work. Did you have to move the register as well? Great job! I’ll bet the wife is quite happy too. I want to build the same thing for my office/den with a lateral file cabinet under the seat. You’ve given me some ideas here. Thanx!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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DustyDave

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#3 posted 09-09-2007 03:53 PM

Dadoo,

Yes I did have to move the register. I was a little nervous about that, but it went well.

Thanks for the kind words.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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rb1

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#4 posted 09-09-2007 05:29 PM

Lets go Chargers!!!

Nice job. I now have a better understanding of what to do with my daughters’ room. Wife will like the progression of pics. She will probably get involved. Thanks.
I would be happy with the outcome. Again…nice.

-- rb1

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TomFran

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#5 posted 09-09-2007 06:54 PM

Nice job on a large project!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 09-09-2007 10:49 PM

Good project and good in progress shots. Looks like you got some help from the family as well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Greg Mitchell

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#7 posted 09-09-2007 10:54 PM

Great job on the built in Dave. How did you paint them?

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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Karson

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#8 posted 09-09-2007 11:02 PM

A very nice wall unit and replacement for the window. You can be proud of this job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#9 posted 09-09-2007 11:19 PM

Duplicate. Sorry

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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DustyDave

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#10 posted 09-10-2007 01:43 AM

Thanks everybody.

Greg,

We used Kilz primer and Behr latex semigloss. I can’t take any credit on the painting. The wife did it all.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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David

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#11 posted 09-10-2007 06:25 AM

Dave -

Very nice work and a wonderful project . . . you and your wife should be very proud!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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cajunpen

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#12 posted 09-10-2007 08:03 AM

Well done – your daughter should be very happy with her “new and improved” bedroom. Looks great!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Napaman

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#13 posted 09-11-2007 01:48 AM

i love this!!! very nice job…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Napaman

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#14 posted 09-11-2007 01:50 AM

wow it is really worth it to click on the link with extra pictures…GREAT JOB and thanks for documenting all the steps with phtos…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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jeanmarc

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#15 posted 06-11-2008 09:39 PM

Great job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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