Window Well Covers

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Project by bobest posted 409 days ago 1266 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have some odd shaped window well’s for our basement. We get animals and trash often in them. Not to mention the wife is afraid our 18 month old might fall into one of them.

So I can up with my own design. It is made out of cedar and have a solid metal rod wrapped in cedar as a cross brace. I routered in a 1/2” grove to place a wire mech screen into it. I originally thought to use clear Plexiglas, but I still get a lot of moisture in there and I didn’t want it to turn into a greenhouse. :)

Also I used a French cleat to brace the cover against the house. This way you can still easily remove the cover without having to un fasen anything. (Fire safety thing) Plus it still give the needed support.

-- Jeff - Plainfield, IL

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#1 posted 409 days ago

Great idea, I have the exact same situation. I’ll borrow your idea ;-D

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 409 days ago

A very creative solution to a problem many people have, including myself. Thanks for sharing!!!

I look forward to stealing your idea and implementing it for my window wells!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 408 days ago

Great idea, well done!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 408 days ago

It’s a well thought out solution and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 407 days ago

Good idea. I have odd sizes, and special order is outrageous!!
Besides the french cleat, did you use another device to fasten it to the well?

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#6 posted 405 days ago

Nice work…. I think this link might have saved you some time/ trouble.

-- Good enough ain't good enough, Make it right

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