Built-in window seat with storage

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Project by jerrymoo posted 09-09-2013 08:30 PM 5495 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is derived from the Book Nook plan on I just took up woodworking this year after a 30+ year hiatus, and can’t believe I tackled something so challenging for one of my first projects!

The base of the unit is a set of boxes built in two sections that are joined in the middle with connector bolts. There are some shims added to account for floor unevenness. The front frame is made of poplar, joined with pocket screws. The side pieces of the frame are cut as close to the wall shape as I could get it. The frame is extremely tight against the walls. The top is plywood, with a screen mold edging and cove beneath the lip. The only part of the boxes visible is the inside of the cubbies.

We’ll probably spread some caulk where the frame sides meet the wall and baseboard to make that a little more perfect.

I posted photos of the completed unit with and without cushions and baskets. I didn’t get the top totally flush with my uneven walls, but the cushions hide that completely. It was very challenging to get the base boxes lined up with the front frame; took a good amount of rasping and sanding to get the bottom of the openings to line up perfectly. Another challenge is that the top is more than 8’ wide, so I had to piece together the plywood for that. Some wood filler and sanding, and it turned out good.

Thank heavens my wife likes to paint; she did a great job with the white. Next is to paint the entire room; you can see a bit of sample on the left.

All that remains is the quarter round base that goes with the laminate flooring. But was anxious to post, as I can’t believe it turned out as well as it did. :-)

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 09:23 PM

Man, that looks really nice, thanks for sharing the photos.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 12:45 AM

Really sharp idea, well done

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 09:17 AM

Great work and storage. Looks great….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 12:42 PM

Well done!

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 02:44 PM

Great Job Jerrymoo and welcome back to woodworking!

-- "Truth is not based on belief but rather belief is the intended response to Truth"

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 02:52 PM

I love built in benches.Good job!

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#7 posted 09-13-2013 01:29 PM

Great looking and comfy nook and lots of storage. Clean and well built project. Great work!

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