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DIY: Window Bench with Cushion & Storage [Post 640]

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DIY: Window Bench with Cushion & Storage [Post 640]

It has been a while since my last renovation update post. It has been exactly 3 years ago today that my brother and I started this huge renovation project and we can finally see some glimpse of hope that it might actually be done later this year.

Instead of starting a bunch of thread for each of our projects, I have decided to consolidate all of them into this thread so if you are interested, you can see all of them below.

Here are all of the projects we have done so far on my little 1700 sqft detached home in Toronto. I will update this list whenever I finish a new project. For now, please enjoy all of my past projects and if you have any questions, feel free to ask below.


Kitchen Build
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Built-in Hall Tree
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Window Bench with Cushion & Storage
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Classical Craftsman Style Trim from ScratchImage

Height Adjustable Live Edge Table
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Utilizing Wasted Space in the Kitchen
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Heavy Duty Bunk Bed Build Image


Budget Built-in Computer Table with Plywood Image
Bathroom Vanity Build Image


Laundry Room Build Image


Wardrobe with Window Bench Image


Archway Moulding & Wall Paneling Image
Shower Build in one Long Weekend for less than $3K
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Bathroom Build Image


Custom Closet Build Image
Coffered Ceiling Image
Dining Room Build

Interior Door Build Image


Exterior Door Install Image


Family Room Build

Hardwood Install Image
Setting Tiles Image


Pocket Door Build Image
Powder Room Renovation Image
California/Plantation Shutters Build Image
Curved Staircase Build Image Image
Trim Work

Garage Workshop Build Image
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I like these threads. It's fun to see how different people approach the same project from a different perspective/idea/tastes.

Which of these remaining tasks are you starting first?
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The first project I will post on this thread is my Custom Built in Closet. I have a small house and space is at a premium so I have to come up with some space saving ideas for our closet and this is what I have come up with.

Here is the typical builder grade closet that came with the house:

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Ripped out the door and open up the drywall as much as I could and put in the base cabinet. These base cabinets are on plastic leveling feet. I tried to save some money and use the construction grade plywood that I have left over from the flooring project. Bad idea. These plywood are not meant to be used for this. SOOO much more work and they warp like a potato chip.

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Added the upper cabinets

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Trim out the cabinets

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Milled the wood for the drawers that I will be putting in the bottom. These are poplar and I got a good deal on these. They usually goes for about $2.50/bdft but I got mine for $1.25/bdft. The only downside is that I have to mill these from rough lumber. So much more work.

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Dry fit the drawers in the cabinets and they are all on soft close full extension slides

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Installed the ikea closet light

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Paint the cabinet white

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Reinstall the drawers. I finished the drawers with clear coat lacquer.

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Install the doors. These doors are solid 1" thick doors.

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koffey wrote: I like these threads. It's fun to see how different people approach the same project from a different perspective/idea/tastes.

Which of these remaining tasks are you starting first?
I am already finished with most of the project I listed above. I just need to find some time to post them. I will update this thread regularly with my progress
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PCshutters threads aren't even fair and shouldnt be considered a do-it-yourselfer lol. More like a contractor, doing exceptional work for himself that 99.9% of diyers, hell even contractors cannot achieve.

And yes I'm jealous.
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Second Closet build:

Similar to the first closet but I have decided to use some of iKea accessories. Bad idea--horrible quality and it wasn't cheap. iKea and the like are the reason why I want to build everything myself (if time permitted).

Not much to say here. The picture really says it all.

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The Fourth closet build are much bigger than the first 3. We gave up the walk-in closet in the master bedroom to build a laundry room on the second floor because we are one of those lazy people that don't want to carry our laundry down the the basement every few days.

Equipped with what I learnt from the past closet build, I went out and bought a truck load of real Russian Baltic Birch for this build and this is my wood haul. Each of these sheet weight about 70lbs (but I swear they weight a lot more than that when you have to carry about 30 of these sheets. LOL)

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Because these cabinets are a lot bigger and heavier, I have decided to build my own base and level them with wood instead of the cheap plastic feet.

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I have to redirect one of the heat register so I made my own out of 26 gauge steel and tape all of the seams with aluminum tape.

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Pre finished a 14.5ft long piece of wood for the kick plate and routed the grooves for the HVAC.

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Meanwhile, I glued on the strip of hardwood to cover the exposed plywood edges. This project will require about 12 sheets of plywood.
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Build the boxes and set them in place

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Making sure everything is level and plumb and secure them in place

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Mill more poplar for the drawers

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Glue them up because these are only 5-1/4" wide.

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Cut all of the pieces to size and cut the groves for the drawer bottom. I was going to do dovetails for these drawers but I ran out of time and used pocket holes instead.

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Put on two coat of clear polyurethane for the cabinet boxes, install the lights and trim out the future window seat.

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Install the under-mount slides for all of the drawers, finish trimming out the cabinet for that built in look.

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Next week, I will paint all of the front white and install the doors and this project is almost finished.

Still need to make the cushion for the window bench and put a live edge seat rest there...
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Wow!

I was going to ask what grade of plywood you were using, as it looked pretty rough to be painting white. Then I saw the transition to Baltic birch which I assume has a birch veneer.
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One more question - from a complete noob. Any reason you're not using something like a Blum kitchen drawer slide that mounts on the bottom of the drawer box, so it's not visible from the sides?
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torontotim wrote: One more question - from a complete noob. Any reason you're not using something like a Blum kitchen drawer slide that mounts on the bottom of the drawer box, so it's not visible from the sides?
I have over 200 full extension soft closing slides I have to use up before I can get to the undermount slides. I am saving those for my kitchen cabinet build.

However, I did use those undermount from Grass & Salice (similar to Blum) for my bigger closet build as seen on my last post.
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On the Baltic birch cabinets: how have you joined your fixed shelves? Screws? Finish nailer? I’m looking to build similar units for my mud room out Baltic birch. I was originally planning to cut dados into the vertical panels and brad naile them from the sides. Wondering if that’s overkill and could just use a few good cabinets screws from the side. Nice craftsmanship, btw.
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Would it be possible to also include information on where you source raw materials? Great work btw!
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dottawat wrote: On the Baltic birch cabinets: how have you joined your fixed shelves? Screws? Finish nailer? I’m looking to build similar units for my mud room out Baltic birch. I was originally planning to cut dados into the vertical panels and brad naile them from the sides. Wondering if that’s overkill and could just use a few good cabinets screws from the side. Nice craftsmanship, btw.
For these cabinet, I kept all of the joinery very simple. Used pocket holes.

The upper shelf is on adjustable shelf pins.

The fixed shelf is secured with pocket holes. Nobody can see the screws after I put in the drawers.

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