Oak bay window seat/storage

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Project by jerry118 posted 04-29-2008 07:48 PM 50006 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Undoubtedly some of you heard of the tornado that almost literally destroyed the entire city of Greensburg Kansas on May 4, 2007.

Our church undertook the project of raising funds, and building a home for one of the resident families that lost everything except the lot on which they lived.

Greensburg is located slightly more than 100 miles west of Wichita, so there has been a great deal of commuting to work on the house.

Some of the trim work is still incomplete, but the project is nearing completion. This bay window bench/storage unit is the most visible part of my contribution. As the photo shows, the staining and varnishing is not yet complete, but basic construction and installation is complete. The oak plywood top and inserts in the mortise and tendon front frame were fabricated in my home shop and then transported and final assembled on site.

-- Jerry, Wichita KS

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Callum Kendall

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#1 posted 04-29-2008 08:43 PM

Nice job!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 04-29-2008 08:59 PM

Very nice window seat.

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#3 posted 04-29-2008 09:16 PM

window seats are one of my favorite things to build . you did an exellent job on this one ! well done

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#4 posted 04-29-2008 10:44 PM

Hi Jerry,

This is a nice job for a wonderful cause. You are adding a lot of useful storage with the addition of the window seat.

Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 04-30-2008 05:06 AM

Nice window box. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

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#6 posted 04-30-2008 05:30 AM

Nice looking seat. Always great for more storage.

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#7 posted 04-30-2008 07:08 AM

Jerry, any suggestions for a first-time builder of a window seat? I have never built one, but my wife loves it, so off to my shop I go.

By the way… a great job for a very worthy cause!

god Bless,

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#8 posted 04-30-2008 08:03 AM

Can’t wait to see the final pic.

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 09:14 PM

hi, i like this project and thought you might be interested to see one similar that i posted today:

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