Window seat -- the sequel-- Part 2

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Project by JT23325 posted 10-18-2012 12:53 AM 1447 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The photos will tell most of the story but her are a few pointers that you may find useful;

The framing material used was 1 1/2×1 1/2 SQUARE (actually important) I purchases a nice 2×10x 10 and trimmed of the rounded edge then ripped the remainder into strips. I was able to use these instead of the normal 2×4 framing construction you normally see because I actually used a 3/4 furniture grade plywood panel on the face. This allowed me to minimize the seam effect by simply using my kreg gig to seam the panel as it this one was 107”.

The 2nd photo has allot of information. The center divider was installed to provide a split space in the storage. The customer decided against it at installation and it was removed. Note the doubled up beams on each side of the lid frame. this provides a place to secure the wing sections to. The last piece of the support for these peices was mounted directly to the wall studs.

The 3rd photo shows the interior framing. The 3/4 strips on the bottom are only spacers and were removed at installation. note the double frame at the top in the back this provided a solid base to mount the hinge and lid section to (note all screws / glue were applied from the inside ( an advantage of using 3/4 in stock) This was mounted in a home with a wooden floor so once the core frame was in place I just screwed it in place.

The 4th photo shows that the front panel is not permanently mounted at this point. It was constructed to be assembled on site. The Lid assembly follows the same rule. this allowed me to mount the frame and make any slight adjustments to ends to ensure a fit. (If you are doing this at your house this process is simplified significantly).

The 5th photo shows the pieces basically ready for installation. Note that the wings are longer than the frame. This is because I cut them to fit on site as nothing was square except my frame. The top and front are skrewed in place but will be removed before installation.

So for installation

1. Make any adjustments and mount frame first.
2. Mount face panel and remove supports
3. Mount wing supports after leveling top
4. Mount hinge lid
5. Cut and install wings. I used a two gift cards to provide clearance so that the lid did not drag. Using measurements from the fromt corner closest to the mounted lid… This will ensure an accurate fit whether the wall is square or not.
6. I used a 1/2×5/8 smooth cove (without lips) to trim back on the top as you will have a small gap (mine was 1/8th to 1/4) dam walls and a small quarter round down the front sides.

Dont forget to veneer the edges of the lid and ajoining wing edges.

The basic dimensions of this bench are about 107×22x 19 (wanted to keep below level of window for pillows.
Hope this helps those that asked…

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 02:43 AM

Is this a blog or a completed project ?

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 09:23 AM

Hi nice job , thanks for the info completed one the same as this for a client.

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