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Project by Douglas posted 375 days ago 1689 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a window bench, or banquette, that I built to match the kitchen cabinets in our Craftsman style house. The whole kitchen project, starting with the refurbishing of the sash windows shown here, was started 2 years ago, and after everything else was done, this is one of the last bits.

It is made from red oak and red oak plywood. The darker finish is a General Finishes stain with shellac and water based poly, and the bench seats/doors are danish oil black walnut with Arm-R-Seal. The bottoms of the cabinets are lined with ship-lapped 1/2 cedar. The only non-standard element is the slightly angled trim on the top against the wall. It struck me as a way to add a little interest and character to the bench, and the angle mimics the trim detail on top of the windows. I really got my trim carpentry on with this project, and it was fun using power tools to do the rough sizing, and hand tools to do the trimming and fitting. There are still a few shavings from the last trimming to clean up! I also had to re-direct two electrical outlets and a floor heat vent.

I’ll be adding 2” cushions for the bench tops, and will be building the kitchen table that will go here too. I’ll do a build blog on that.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 375 days ago

Classy looking piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 375 days ago

Very nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 374 days ago

Very nice work, great design and craftsmanship. Excellent build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dan Hux

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#4 posted 374 days ago

Great looking window seating..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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david38

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#5 posted 374 days ago

nice looking

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whitebeast88

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#6 posted 374 days ago

beautiful piece,nice work and lots of storage.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Mike

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#7 posted 374 days ago

Nice work! Love it!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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Fishinbo

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#8 posted 372 days ago

That’s a fantastic window bench seat! Great design and craftsmanship. Totally matches the floor and windows. Love the storage below. Excellent work!

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Jason

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#9 posted 370 days ago

I like it. I’ve been debating doing something similar in my house.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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BigRedKnothead

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#10 posted 362 days ago

That came out great. Wish i had a house to match my craftsman furniture;-)

-- Red -- “I ain't as good as I'm gonna get....but I'm better than I used to be."

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