Curved window seat

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Project by oi2342001 posted 01-21-2012 09:21 PM 4447 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project I did earlier this year. It was the first time I used wacky wood and also the first time I tried bending wood. Picture 3 shows how it was framed out. I nailed the wacky wood to both sides of the curved section. I didn’t realize how rough the wacky wood was going to be and I decided to use wood filler to smooth it out. My initial thought was that it would be just as easy to sand as joint compound, I was wrong. It took a good hour of non-stop standing to get it smooth. For the top I used 3/4 birch ply and routed it to shape with a bullnose bit with a guide. The trim along the bottom posed the next obstacle. I first tried to bend some oak trim by steam bending and it just couldn’t get it to bend to the right radius. After snapping a few boards I decided to give bent lamination a try. It went a lot smoother. The room was repainted and the seat was painted to match.

Thanks for looking,

-- If your not having fun you're doing it wrong.

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 09:42 PM

Good Job Mike, a very cool design . Wacky wood is a new product to me.


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#2 posted 01-22-2012 12:00 AM

Nicely done – good call on laminating the bottom trim. The extra depth on the one side allows someone to curl up. Should be a fun space.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 12:56 AM

Looks awesome!
How did you bend the side?
Thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 01-22-2012 01:22 AM

Florentin – I used a product called wacky wood. There is also something called wiggle board or wiggle wood. It’s flexible plywood. I got it at my local lumber supply. It’s good for getting the shape you want then it’s best to veneer it. It’s quick and easy. I think I paid somewhere around $40 or $50 for a 4×8 sheet. If you do use this make sure you get it so it bends the correct direction for your purpose. Mine bent to create an 8’ circle. You can get it so it bends around to create a 4’ circle.

Sras – I was so hyped to try the steam bending, I wish I was able to get it to work. It’s on my learn how to-do list for this coming spring but now I can add laminate bending to my know how list. I shaped the seat so when looking out the window you have a nice view of the woods next to the house (also the TV).

a1Jim – I never heard of it before I did this project. Since then I’ve found some info online of people using to create the curved shape then veneer it. It seems to be mostly used as base layer because of its rough texture.

-- If your not having fun you're doing it wrong.

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 01:39 AM

Thanks for the info!


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