Window Seat

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Project by Tom Landon posted 01-17-2009 04:16 AM 3146 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This customer wanted a window seat in her kitchen that would have soft lines and be inviting to sit on. It would have to provide storage under the entire seating area. It would become the sill for the windows above, and would match the cabinets I had built for them the year or so before.

I built the exposed portions with cherry plywood, cherry lumber, and cherry veneer for the radiused corners. The three hinged storage access doors are on piano hinges and are raised with the aid of finger holes since pulls might be uncomfortable. I built a raised seat edge moulding around the seat to keep the cushions in place.

The seat was tied into the floor by continuing the 3/4 in ash quarterround around the unit from wall to wall.

When the customer had the ash flooring installed they had me leave the baseboard off until the window seat was installed. That’s to explain the contrast between the base and the floor which had begun to develop it’s patina.

I like to stain all the cherry pieces I build to give them a patina of at least year old. I do this to make them look good from the start and prevent sun bleaching. Also, it’s kind of a “what you see is what you get”. No one gets disapointed because the wood changes color or changes differently from room to room based on it’s exposure to light. The topcoat was sprayed acrylic lacquer over vinyl sealer.

Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed building them.

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.

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#1 posted 01-17-2009 04:25 AM

tom thats a sweet seat ! very nice work .

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#2 posted 01-17-2009 04:47 AM

Great looking window seat. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Love the color on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 01-17-2009 06:48 AM

Nice Window seat Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 01-17-2009 06:48 AM

Very nice work

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 01-17-2009 06:50 AM

That’s the way it’s supposed to be. No more needs to be said. Timeless. bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#6 posted 01-17-2009 03:59 PM

It does not look like it was made out of ply and veneer to me, especially the rounded corners.
Excellent work Tom!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 01-17-2009 04:57 PM

Nice Work!!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 08-28-2015 03:34 PM

Nice piece.

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