Nana's window bench

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Project by scottb posted 08-08-2006 02:42 AM 15525 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years back, for my mother-in-law’s big 6-0, my wife gathered the troops and planned a master bedroom makeover, in the style of all those TV makeover shows. She worked out the design scheme and coordinated efforts. I volunteered to tackle the “carpentry bit” in the form of a window seat/storage bench.

The plans came from Fine Homebuilding (Oct/Nov 2003 if you’re keeping score). The materials are standard off-the-shelf fare from the Home Depot. The construction and details were pretty straightforward and required few tools, just the ticket for a weekend project fit for a novice like me. At this point in my woodworking/home-renovation life, most of my experience came from helping my dad or grandfather on various projects around our new (to us) old house.

I had a fairly easy go of it, despite dealing with corners that were surprisingly out of square – something I’m used to dealing with in our 1880’s home, but wasn’t expecting to find in a 1980’s home. Apart from doing all the rip cuts with my circular saw and straight edge, I did all the mitering by hand – the mouldings on the front, as well as the banding on all the exposed plywood edges.

This did take me much longer than planned… partly because I was using hand tools, and partly because I was being careful, making sure everything came out just right.

This window seat is made out of birch ply and stock pine trim. Finished in fruitwood stain to match the trim in the house. Other than the stain, this project was left “unfinished.” I think we were waiting until my in-laws would be out of town again, so they wouldn’t have to deal with the fumes any more than necessary. I’d pretty much forgotten about that until now, (or perhaps they were going to take care of it,) which is probably why the colors don’t seem to match the existing trim in this photo, three years later.

Still, I’m remain pleased with the results. I just posted another photo with a “model” and slightly extended version of the story on my blog.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 08-08-2006 05:10 PM

For having no other tools other than hand tools you did a good job. I’m curious as to the use of the door on either side of the window seat.
Thanks for your comment on the clock.

-- doug, Hudson Florida, www. [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-08-2006 05:22 PM

Thanks Doug.

Those are both walk in closets. The room is rather larger despite this tiny slice of it. It widens up considerably just behind the camera.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 08-21-2006 04:55 PM

A very nice use of a space that looks like it would be hard to arrange with the appropriate furniture.
It looks like its well put together, & its beautiful.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 08-22-2006 02:12 AM

Thank you. Yes, the space was screaming for something like this, my in-laws only had to find a place to put away the ironing board and piles of clothes they “hid” by keeping the closet doors open. It’s held up to 3 years of climbing little grandchildren!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 04-18-2007 07:38 PM

It’s beautiful, I love these they really add to a room. So, what was her reaction?


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#6 posted 04-19-2007 04:51 AM

She was thrilled Diane… currently it’s filled with purses ;)

my daughter likes to sit up on it… won’t be long before she likes to hide in it (but it also won’t be long before she’ll be too big for that too!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 04-19-2007 06:55 AM

Very professionally done. Fine as custom furniture.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 05-03-2007 01:24 AM

Scott -

Catching up on older posts that I missed before joining LJ (an impossible task – but lots of fun). I so much enjoy your work. This is a great project and a great story! Thanks.


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#9 posted 09-18-2017 03:23 AM

A type of craftsman door like this at seems to be perfect for this interior.

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