What Would Make The Most Stable Window Seat Lid?

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Forum topic by lobro4 posted 10-13-2009 08:10 PM 2351 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2009 08:10 PM

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I am making a large toy box that will double as a window seat. It will be in a 8 year-old boy’s room and I anticipate that he will use is as a seat a lot for reading as well as for storage. The overall size of the lid will be 18” x 72” and made from 5/4 red oak. With this in mind I ask two questions. Is this too big of a lid to leave as one piece or would you recommend making it two three-foot sections? (I have heavy enough support hinges to hold the whole thing.) Second, I have a choice of gluing up two 10” pieces (1 seam down the middle where the young man sits) versus a center 10” piece with two 5” pieces on either side (solid center portion and two side seams) before cutting down to finished width. My brain is telling me the latter glue up is more stable. Your input is most welcome.

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 08:37 PM

Two or more pieces will be fine if it’s a good glue joint .Just to be safe you can put a couple of battens on it just make sure,also you should make the screw holes oversize for wood movement.


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#2 posted 10-13-2009 09:30 PM

I agree the glue up would work.

However, I might recommend a single, long lid for the simple reason that he might have those 8-year old fingers overhanging one lid when the other lid gets closed – or worse, slammed down.

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 10:28 PM

I agree with Jim – add some battens for reinforcement. 8 year olds turn into 9 year olds, then 10, etc…
Go with 2 sections so it’s light enough for him to lift and use a few of these for safety:

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 11:17 PM

I did have using battens in mind and you all mentioning that certainly drives home that they are a good idea. The Rockler hinges are exactly what I have and plan on using. While I like how clean one solid lid would look, I will most likely go with a two-section lid.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 11:42 PM

I would recommend what Bentlyj said above. And I piece would be good with those hinges you are talking about.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 08:45 AM

Battens are a good idea and I would devide the lid into sections. If it is one pice just think of the weight of it comeing down on a hand or head. Lessen the load and easier to support.


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