An new window seat for the kitchen...

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Project by jpl posted 03-11-2007 01:24 AM 12574 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a real crummy window seat in our kitchen – just barely enough room to sit. So I ripped it out and rebuilt one with enough seating area, storage for kids hats/gloves, etc, and even a kickspace heater to warm up the area. Much better that the electric heat that was there when we moved in. Tolerances were very tight, but I managed to fit everything in.

I built the inner frame out of 2×2 poplar, and sheathed it with red oak. I built 3 boxes from oak plywood, which are removable when the top is removed, so there’s access to the heater.

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#1 posted 03-11-2007 01:54 AM

looks nice, I like it.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 03-11-2007 03:19 AM

very nice. Is the view nice out the window?

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 03-11-2007 05:42 AM

I have a HUGE amount of respect for you. I just looked at your “shop”.

Your proportions are really nice, that’s the toughest part. Your overall design style is really good. You put great thought into access for maintenance, few people do that. And you built it with your given set of tools -Amazing!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 03-11-2007 07:32 AM

Nice looking job.

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#5 posted 03-11-2007 11:58 AM

Jipple, well thought through project, and very nicely executed. (Hope you don’t mind the name I’ve given you. LOL)

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 03-11-2007 02:11 PM

Very nice! Did you make the writing table, too?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 03-11-2007 02:59 PM

Great job, neighbor? Where in MA are you from, I grew up (first 10 years worth of bike riding and playing in/working on my tree fort) smack dab in the middle of the state. Still have family near worcester and out by springfield. (send a private message, or be as cryptic as you like if you’re trying not to share to much personal info)

I built one of these, wish it came out as good. Though, I was only using hand tools at the time, certainly can appreciate the tight tolerances (and corners being not quite 90!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 03-11-2007 06:31 PM

Very nice job JP. Great looking and functional at the same time.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 09-10-2007 09:03 PM

Hi. Um I can see everyone is a regulare here. I just happened on this project while googling: window seat heat. Would you have any suggestions for myself and hub who have in floor heat on first floor and pretty uglified baseboard heat upstairs. I want to conceal them by building a window seat over them (using some reflective material inside like they do w/ radiators covers and some metal or wood grate type material in front. If possible, a shallow compartment on top to store a blanket etc. Would you, or anyone have any suggestions/ideas for design?? Much thanks for you time.

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#10 posted 09-11-2007 01:26 PM

You cannot cover up that baseboard – it must be on the exterior of the bench! Otherwise, you’re just heating wood – there’s no fan drawing the heat out. I labored over this decision – was going to put a cast iron baseboard heat around the base, but that was 9 inches high, and therefore not enough room for the storage. The kickspace heater works great – smaller than the baseboards in linear frontage, very powerful, and tied into the boiler.

If you were to put a seat over the baseboard, then I would think that you have to leave a gap open at the back of the seat, to allow heat to travel straight up the wall – heat rises, and you must take advantage of that rule.

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#11 posted 09-11-2007 02:22 PM

Great improvement to the space. It will make you smile everytime you enter the room.
Good job,well done.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 12-13-2008 06:49 PM

Nice window seat.

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