DIY: Making a Deep Windowsill

Yesterday, John made a shelf for the deep windowsill in the Grey Room.

He bought an 1x8x8 pine board at Home Depot. We were thinking of getting poplar because it’s a harder wood, until someone told us poplar is green, and doesn’t accept stain well.

John measured the windowsill and added 4 inches on each side (total length: 70 inches)…

Before starting, he made sure the end was square.

Holding the shelf with 4″ extending at each end and marking…

Cutting the notch out at each end with a circular saw…

Finishing the notch with a waffle saw to eliminate an over cut…

Perfect fit…

Extends 4 inches…

The 1x8x8 is now a 7 1/4-inch deep windowsill…

John glued and nailed (with finish nailer) the half round to the 1x8x8 to finish the exposed edge…

It’s necessary to condition pine before staining to eliminate a splotchy and uneven look. Without conditioner, pine does not accept stain at an even consistency.

John sanded the pine with 220 sandpaper before applying the wood conditioner.

After applying MINWAX wood conditioner, John applied three coats of natural MINWAX stain with a satin finish.

It looks great!

 

9 thoughts on “DIY: Making a Deep Windowsill

  1. You have no source for paint grade birch?

    I can’t stand working with pine because of the knot holes and resin. It’s more work to try to patch it so it’s smooth and prime it so there is no bleed through. The one thing Home Depot does not carry is first grade lumber. For that, I always end up going to a lumber yard. It’s a bit pricier but in the end I get a much better product that is easier to work with.

    Of course, if you’re going for a natural pine look, then it’s just a matter of stabilizing the knot holes so the wood doesn’t dry up so much they start popping out.

  2. Beautiful sill!
    I want to share: We recently adopted two adult pugs from our local shelter. Their previous 87 year old owner passed away. We had no intention of adopting a dog much less two when we went to the shelter with some items we intended to donate. The pugs girls who we have named Thelma and Louise are unruly and stubborn but SO SWEET and adorable!!!

    1. Pugs are like potato chips, you can’t have just one (I read this comment somewhere years ago). They’re incredibly charming and affectionate dogs!

  3. The windowsill is truly beautiful; what a work of art!!! It puts a smile on your face to see the awesome result in your home! Much happiness to you. 😊

  4. Hey, Sue…
    ONCE this whole house project is done and John enters/re-enters the work force to keep busy, you do realize this whole blog is the best possible resume he could hope for? 🙂

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