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Thread: window bench seat,project COMPLETED!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs

    window bench seat,project COMPLETED!

    Gonna leave the 2 drawers I made for the workbench as is till I build a new cabinet.
    Finished that.
    Just had enough masonite to retop the torsion assembly table today.
    Got out all the walnut I have to start cutting window bench frame tomorrow, took a bit longer that I thought, had to move around a few hundred bf of wood.
    While I had the thick maple out, I cut a handrail for my sons basement stairs.
    He doesnt need anything fance, so I just made the rail 1 5/8 thick, comfy for me, and rounded over all 4 edges, sanded down to 120, smooth to the touch, then used some old golden oak minwax stain and put first coat of stain on today. He needed around 9 feet of rail, so I used one 10 foot piece of maple. Had a tough time holding it steady, 10 inches wide, 2 inches thick, for the sawstop, so I used the festool track saw, fast enough, jointed it 2 sides, planed it down, that was that.
    I guess the 2 top drawers and handrail are projects one and two so far.
    Bench will be third.

    I had to work with the door open to handle a 10 foot piece, hec with the code morons.
    Im not that impressed with the expandable hose, from 3 feet to 21 feet, which I purchased recently. The fast hookup attachments and handle are fine, I put an outlet on each of my portable machines that use one line.
    The hose holder is backordered, so Im hoping it alleviates the storage part.
    The hose is heavy and just hangs down when hooked up to machine, its tough to hang since it just keeps stretching. eh.
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    Last edited by allen levine; 06-28-2011 at 05:48 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Central NY State
    Looking good there Allen.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow! look at those stacks of woods. Looks like a lumber yard.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Well Allen I really admire you. I really could do with taking a leaf from your book. You just get stuck in and later if it don't work out for you you don't hesitate to switch it up. I have said before you really inspire me.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    so heres what Im starting with.

    I didnt realize the wainscoting was real tongue and groove, I thought it was just panels. there were over 400 brads shot in and I had to remove each one after I pulled the WC off. Not a job for a myasthenic, not looking for pity, just saying it killed my stinkin day, I had to rest my arms constantly, and spent almost 4 hours just ripping that apart and cleaning up. Not a productive day, and Im done now.

    The bottom is 90 inches, long, I will build and install that first.
    the top will be a bit tricky, as its angled, and I will build the back piece first, and measure out the lengths and angles from there.(if its 42.5 degree angle where the side and back panel meet, I can cheat and just make sure the front of each stile meet, to make it look uniform)
    I will use a tiny molding under the sill where the new frame reaches, to cover any gap, and the only area Im not certain of yet is where the back side panels will meet the sheetrock on an angle. I might use a small piece of walnut and round it over and cover up the ends.
    The bottom is off 1/8 of an inch from end to end. Could be the floor, maybe the house sunk down over the years.
    Ill install the panel first(one long 90 inch panel sections, maybe 4 panels with stiles and rails), then make a small piece of molding for the top, maybe plane a bit off of bottom of high side. I dont think with the cushion on bench many will notice.

    The design has changed. There will be no doors on the bottom panels.
    Its too low, my wife wants the bench to lift out the way it does now. Easier for me, Im happy.
    Ill start milling some maple and walnut Saturday, so I can get going on this thing.

    If anyone has a hint as to mold out the top sides near where the panels will meet the sheetrock, please suggest something. In advance, I cant use everyones opinion, so please dont be insulted if I dont use your suggestion.
    Ill take input though, I know nothing about moldings and built ins. And I know less about construction.

    The entire thing will be done with pocket screws. Its easy and this project is perfect for pocket screw use.

    construction glue(which brand should I purchase at Home Dep?) on back on panels, and some brads at very top,(which will be under molding) and very bottom, seat back wont see, bottom will have a piece of base molding covering it, so Im all clear.

    ya could see in the pictures, the storage underneath was filled with vhs tapes from the 90s. I think we went into that storage once the last 15 years.
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    Last edited by allen levine; 06-16-2011 at 07:24 PM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    got the bottom panels made, now I need to sand it all to finish. I will do final sanding when I have them all make and fitted. ONce I apply finish and attach them all, I will mold it out.

    I sustained an injury today. My own fault.
    I was working on the router table with the upcut bit, sliding pieces through, and began to think about the next few days and my plans,(plumber, contractor, where I have to go and what time)just sorting it out in my head, and the bit caught a piece, my left hand didnt come up as did my right, and the finger next to the pinky caught the top of the upcut bit.
    At first, I knew the finger hit it, and I thought the end was gone.
    The blood was ridiculous, I calmly shut down, could not realy see any piece missing, and went inside to clean it and rinse it.
    Seems I took a chunk off the side but the chunk didnt fly off.
    I butterflyed stitched the finger after I got it to stop bleeding 10 minutes later, and besides being very tender and a bit of a throb today, it seems ok.
    I am a moron. These things should not happen.

    Heres a pic, unfinished and unnattached, the bottom of the bench. I layed the old cushion on it to see how it would look.
    btw, those panels are birch.The bench top is 3/4 plywood, so on top of the bottom panel, Im going to make a piece of 3/4 roundover to fill the gap from panel top rail to cushion.
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    Last edited by allen levine; 06-20-2011 at 08:00 PM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Looks good so far. Sorry about that finger, at least it was only a wake up.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    It looks very nice. I am sorry to hear about your injury. Glad it was somewhat minor.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    I need 3 pieces of molding to finish it off, Ill cut it myself. A 3/4 roundover for the toprail of the bottom piece, and 2 flat pieces to cover up sides where they meet the sheetrock wall.

    I cut the end of the sides at 45 Degrees so it matches the angle where it meets wall and is flat.

    Where the two side panels meet the back panel, there is a small gap, so Im going to glue/tack in a tiny strip to cover space, wont even be noticed.

    Im going to finish with my favorite, 2 coats of waterlox original brushed on, one coat gloss, lightly sanding after 2nd and third coat.

    Im also going to run a small roundover molding along the floor where it meets the bottom panel.

    I need to sand the panels up to 120, and sand the walnut a bit more, especially to clean up unevenness in some spots and one crack, some glue spots.
    didnt have enough birch so I threw in some maple. It will blend fine with finish on it.

    btw, its all Larrys walnut used on this project. Thanx Dr. Merlau.

    It matches the coffee table, but Im not sure if its one of my favorite projects. My wife thinks its beautiful, thats good enough for me.

    Ill post up the final pic after I apply finish and attach the molding.
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    Last edited by allen levine; 06-22-2011 at 06:18 PM.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Wow, that came out beautiful...
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