How to Build a Window Seat

smithmaureen1468 says:
I find these plans very well documented and am looking forward to building this unit to make space i...... more
I find these plans very well documented and am looking forward to building this unit to make space in my living room, thanks so much!
Trimming and Painting Laying Out Trim Pieces
Step 1

Cut two pieces of 1/4x1-1/2-inch stock 20 inches long and two pieces 17 inches long for horizontal trim pieces (J, K). Put them in place at the top and bottom of the sides and scribe for the angled cut at the front of the chest. Make the cuts.

Step 2

Attach the horizontal trim pieces (J, K) to the sides with glue and 3/4-inch brads. Mark and cut the front horizontal trim pieces (I) to fit overlapping the side horizontal trim, and then glue and nail them in place.

Step 3

Mark the 11 vertical trim pieces (L, M) for snug fit. Glue and nail them in place, spacing them as shown in the drawing below left. Note that on each side, both ends of trim piece M must be cut at 80 degrees to match the front angle.

Step 4

Coat the bullnosed edges of the lid and hinge rail with wood filler to fill voids and hide the plywood edges. Fill all nail holes. Slightly round all edges with 120-grit sandpaper. When the filler dries, sand the bullnoses smooth and the nail holes flush.

Step 5

Prime and paint the bench inside and out. Prime and paint both sides of the lid. When the paint is dry, put the lid in place and screw the piano hinge to the lid and hinge rail. Use a screwdriver rather than an electric drill/driver to avoid stripping the small brass screws.

Step 6

Put the lid support in place on the upper support (F) and predrill holes for the screws. Attach the lid support, then predrill holes for the screws into the underside of the lid. Install the screws.

Cut in two colors: Step 1

One way to paint the trim a different color than the plywood is to protect one surface with masking tape while you paint the other. But no professional painter would do this because it is tedious and time consuming. Besides, paint can still creep under the tape. Instead, use a brush to cut in one color against the other. It only takes a little practice and you can easily touch up any mistakes. Use a sash brush that's angled at the end.

First prime the entire bench. Then put a first coat of paint on the trim. Let this coat overlap onto the plywood. Don't worry about painting a straight line -- it's more important to work the paint into the joint between trim and plywood. When the trim dries, coat the plywood, covering the trim coat.

Step 2

Put a second coat on the trim, this time working in long even strokes. Let the paint overlap just slightly onto the plywood.

Step 3

Let the second trim coat dry. Dip about 1/2 inch of the brush into the paint. Place the brush on the plywood about an inch away from the trim, then swoop the brush steadily toward the trim until the bristles just skim along the joint between plywood and trim. Keep steady pressure as you pull the brush down along the trim.


Comments (2)
smithmaureen1468 wrote:

I find these plans very well documented and am looking forward to building this unit to make space in my living room, thanks so much!

4/19/2014 10:09:32 AM Report Abuse
luxurylivingdirect wrote:

Built in window seats are the best storage options and the wisest ways to utilize space. They are easy to build, look good, enhance the room and absolutely useful. The method described is nice and easy. I have done this myself and can say it is a very good idea.

2/13/2013 12:14:37 AM Report Abuse
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