Measure the height and width of the window bench and shelving areas (Image 1). For the shelving, measure the material for the sides of the unit and the shelves themselves (Image 2).
Using a piece of scrap wood as a guide, cut the shelving pieces with a circular saw. Wear a mask if you're working with medium density fiberboard.
Lay out the vertical pieces and measure where you want the shelves to sit in the unit.
Pre-drill the vertical sides and the shelves for the screws.
Assemble the shelving unit using wood glue and trim head screws.
Use a hand sander to smooth down the rough edges. Set your shelving units aside.
Measure the bench frame area. Cut 2x4 boards with a miter saw to create the frame.
Remove any existing baseboard trim. Install the lengths along the wall using 2-1/2-inch screws (Image 1). Attach the shorter pieces of 2x4 boards to create the outline of the frame (Image 2).
Measure the frame and use a circular saw to cut plywood pieces to create the skin (Image 1). Attach the skin with wood screws, and work your way around the frame (Image 2).
Place the top piece into position, then measure for a top storage door.
Cut the door with a circular saw and a hand saw (Image 1). Using 1/2-inch wood screws, attach a piano hinge to the door and the top piece of the bench (Image 2).
Attach trim around the bench with glue and finishing nails (Image 1). Finish it with paint and crown molding (Image 2).
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