Window sills

Project by dbray45 posted 07-14-2015 11:37 AM 14879 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we moved in, 30 some years ago, I told my wife that the windows really needed window sills. I finally did them. The whole thing about sills, sash windows prior to the ‘60s were designed to have them. The windows today are designed to have the picture frame look – why, because installation is a lot faster and quality work is all but gone.

I will say this, window sills are a detail that makes a big difference in how the space looks.

I did the job (4 windows) over 2 weekends – Saturday mornings. This left time to paint. I use an oil based paint (Rust-Olium) because it dries hard. My wife has a hard time with the smell, especially in the bedroom, so I made sure the smell was gone before evening.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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posted 08-13-2015 01:39 AM

Very nice. I have a window in a master bath that I am getting ready to redo the sill on as well as add a valance. I really like the idea of framing the whole thing in. I remember having windows framed in as a kid but haven’t seen it in so long I had forgotten. Thank you for the inspiration!

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posted 08-26-2015 11:08 AM

Pleasure is mine. Finding the wood can be challenging. The window moldings are from the box store, I made the stool and inside moldings. If helps that I make furniture as well and have the tools and planes to make these pieces.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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posted 03-26-2019 04:13 AM

I saw don’t worry about window sills and have a whole window seat built in. Those are definitely something that make a space!

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posted 04-08-2019 04:09 AM

Yup, I agree that most work today that gets done comprise of mostly fast and easy jobs but quality is often compromised. It’s like choosing vinyl just because they look nicer and are faster to install.

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posted 04-14-2019 06:33 PM

I think this is really mega project that you’ve done and approach or reach out your goal. It’s not easier for me to find such type of projects ideas but your submission is working and now I wanna to move Brazil or Argentina to get some better ideas for my construction projects.

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