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Plan all cuts to get maximum usage of the stock, then cut the pre-finished plywood to the proper size. When cutting pre-finished wood, apply blue tape to the seams to help prevent splintering.
Add a curved edge along the base to add visual interest. To do this, use bender board (Image 1) and brinks. Once the desired arc is achieved, clamp the brinks to the stock.
Transfer the curved line onto some blue tape. The blue tape will again prevent splintering. Use a jig saw to cut an arc close to the line. Sand to the line using a hand sander (Image 2).
To edge-band the edges of the pre-finished cherry, iron heat-activated edge-banding to the edge.
Next, force the glue into the wood fiber using a piece of wood. Use a double-sided edge trimmer to cut both sides of trim flush with stock.
With all of the parts cut and banded, assemble the window seat. Attach bracing on the inside of the front and back panel. The bracing will provide extra support.
Once all bracing is in place, assemble the sides to the back panel and secure each part with screws. Flip and apply felt pads to the base, then set in the top. Add pillows as desired.