Window "stool?" too wide

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Old 03-03-06, 09:34 AM
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Window "stool?" too wide

My basement windows have a rough opening that is about 1' deep. I'm having a difficult time finding a nice piece of wood to put in as a "stool". Lumber company is suggesting staining birch plywood and placing a piece of trim flush to the front of it. I was planning on having the stool overhang by about 1 to 1-1/4 inches with trim underneath it.

Am I way off base in my expectations for a window sill that deep, or should I have just drywalled it for a gap that big? Staining a piece of plywood just doesn't seem like the right answer.

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Old 03-03-06, 11:44 AM
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Really drywalling a horizontal area such as a window stool is just asking for someone to put a wet planter on it. The birch or oak plywood is the best answer to such a deep opening. If you band it with dimension lumber slightly wider than the 3/4" of the plywood, it will give it a thick look. Install a nice apron, stain (or paint) the parts and finish with a good polyurethane, because with a 1' depth, my money is on a wet plant being placed right in the middle of it. My wife only wishes she had windows that deep. Good luck with it!Zas11xz
 
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Old 03-03-06, 11:45 AM
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Sorry about the last few letters of my last post. My cat jumped on my laptop before I hit the enter key. She can't spell, yet.
 
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The plywood isn't a bad idea. They are talking hardwood plywood, there are many kinds, oak, birch, etc, not cdx type of stuff like whats on your walls and roof. Think stained kitchen cabinets, for the finished product.
 
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Old 03-03-06, 12:29 PM
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Yeah, actually it is a cabinet grade 7 ply product with a veneer on both sides, called Sandeply. Great to work with. Runs about $40 per sheet.
 
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You can also wood glue two pieces together to create a 1' wide stool, use a few clamps, sand with a belt sander, and it works pretty nicely.
 
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Old 03-06-06, 09:35 AM
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Thanks for the quick follow ups and great advice. You guys rock!

I'll talk to the lumber yard, and let you know how it goes.
 
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