Build a Book Nook and Window Seat

Build a book nook and window seat. Your favorite books within easy reach, a comfy seat and lots of warm, natural light — these are the three features that make an inviting book nook. With a simple design, and reclaimed cabinets (or inexpensive ready-made shelf units), success is within reach of anyone with intermediate woodworking skills. That’s what you’ll find here: a toolbox of universal concepts, techniques and solutions that you can apply to your specific project.



This built-in windowseat/bookshelf can be an attractive addition to your home.
This built-in windowseat/bookshelf can be an attractive addition to your home.
Illustration by Len Churchill
Book nook diagram. While your specific design may be a little different, all book nooks have the same basic components.
Book nook diagram. While your specific design may be a little different, all book nooks have the same basic components.
Illustration by Len Churchill
This “crown cap” is a quick and easy substitute for complicated crown molding.
This “crown cap” is a quick and easy substitute for complicated crown molding.
Illustration by Len Churchill
The DeWalt DC 330K jigsaw is a handy tool for removing internal dividers in reclaimed cabinets.
The DeWalt DC 330K jigsaw is a handy tool for removing internal dividers in reclaimed cabinets.
Photo by Steve Maxwell
Book nook diagram. When resizing salvaged cabinets, attention to detail is key.
Book nook diagram. When resizing salvaged cabinets, attention to detail is key.
Illustration by Len Churchill

















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