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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 06-03-2011 06:14 PM 1718 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2011 06:14 PM

I’d like to build a window bench with storage for my son’s room. Originally I was going to do something along the lines of the “storage cubes” with a toe kick and a thicker top that can be used as a bench. I’m thinking about doing the bottom row as two larger drawers instead. This is rough & the dimensions are approximate, but the pic below is what I’ve come up with. I’m looking for suggestions, recommendations, etc.

The woodwork in our house is painted white, so I was planning to do with from mdf, solid wood nosing, & painted. My initial plan is to cut dados in the vertical pieces for the shelves, and for the top, a double layer of mdf so that it’s 1 1/2” thick.

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 11:16 PM

Looks pretty much like what I have done previously. I like the 1.5” thick nosings as well, gives it a better look.

You may want to go with the real heavy duty full extension slides, if your kids are like mine were, they used the drawers to stand in and slide around a bit…

Otherwise, I would say it looks great!

All the best!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 06-04-2011 12:20 AM

you wouldn’t happen to have pics of the finished product, would you? I was playing around with the proportions a bit. The one I attached to my original post looked a little tall to me, so I tried making the drawers a little shorter – the drawers at 8” & the open cubes at 12”. I think it looks better on paper..

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#3 posted 06-04-2011 06:20 AM

I made a window bench/toy box for my granddaughters room which everyone seems to like. The unique part is that its not square or rectangular but rather half of an octagon. This eliminated square corners and added usable depth from front to back. Hope this makes sense as I dont have photo capability. I then built wall to wall/floor to ceiling bookcases on either side. This provided lots of storage for stuffed animals,books,etc.

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