DIY Windowsill shelf for Cats, Kids & Plants
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Note On Tools
In photography they say that the best camera is the one that you have with you.
In woodworking, you can do a heck of a lot with the most basic and inexpensive tools. That being said, the more that you have available to you the quicker you may be able to finish a task.
For example, an orbital sander will eventually get rid of band saw lines while a belt sander will get the job done a heck of a lot faster.
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I cut the sill to length and then put it on top of the old sill.
My window had two edges (one on each end) that I had to account for.
I marked the end of each edge and then measured the depth.
I cut notches out with my scroll saw but a band saw or hacksaw would work fine.
Test the fit of the sill.
My existing sill was very narrow, because of this I couldn’t screw from the bottom up. I had to screw through the new sill into the old one. I covered the screw holes with planters but if you hate this idea you could try using wood glue only, though I don’t recommend it.
If you want to follow my lead then at each end screw two (2) wood screws through the top of the new sill and into the old sill.
Remove the screws and set them aside for a later step.
Dear Spalted Maple - I love you
Spalted Maple is downright sexy and it is one of my favorite woods to work with. In fact, I built a full bartop off of a beautiful piece of spalted maple that I bought for $85.
The dark lines and character exhibit on the board is actually from the partial decay of the wood. You know…fungus.
You need to find wood that has a good amount of decay but not too much to ruin the integrity of the wood. You also want to be absolutely certain that the wood was air dried or kiln dried (preferred).
If the wood is dried then nothing you can see will be of concern – just seal it with polyurethane to trap those beautiful lines in.
When shopping for spalted wood make sure to feel the board for soft spots. It’s fine if the edges are brittle, you can always sand them off.
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