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Amateur needs your help with Window Bench!

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I am an amateur who is trying to create this window bench in my house ---> http://benches5.com/wp-content/uploa...orage-seat.jpg

I've already framed it in. My questions are:

1) What wood should I use for the bench (seat) part? And what thickness. I want it to be very durable and sturdy.

2) See the boxed look on the front? Like framed box look? What wood should I use to create this affect? Same as the wood I use on the bench portion?

3) I'm assuming for the front boxed part, I would put a layer of wood flat, and then on top of that, create the boxed look? And putty any nails and then paint over? Correct?

Please keep in mind, I am a true AMATEUR. You may have to spell things out to me!

Thanks for the help everyone. I am trying to learn.
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Hello!
I am an amateur who is trying to create this window bench in my house ---> http://benches5.com/wp-content/uploa...orage-seat.jpg

I've already framed it in. My questions are:

1) What wood should I use for the bench (seat) part? And what thickness. I want it to be very durable and sturdy.
3/4 inch paint grade plywood. Buy some iron on edge banding and iron on the edge, then trim off the excess.

2) See the boxed look on the front? Like framed box look? What wood should I use to create this affect? Same as the wood I use on the bench portion?
Poplar paints well and is available at most big box stores.

3) I'm assuming for the front boxed part, I would put a layer of wood flat, and then on top of that, create the boxed look? And putty any nails and then paint over? Correct?
You could use 1/4 inch plywood to cover the front, then use 3/4 poplar to trim it out.

Please keep in mind, I am a true AMATEUR. You may have to spell things out to me!

Thanks for the help everyone. I am trying to learn.
Good luck. Piano hinge for the lid, huh?

Edit: Here are pics of a kitchen island I built for a rent house. 1/2 inch Birch plywood with 3/4 inch poplar trim.
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Thank you for your help!
What do you mean by iron? Embarassing, but I don't know what that is.
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What do you mean by iron? Embarassing, but I don't know what that is.
Look it up on You Tube. The edge banding has an adhesive that melts when heat is applied. You literally lay it on the edge and iron it like a shirt!

In this picture, the plywood has maple edge banding attached to the edge of the shelf.
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Thank you for your help!
What do you mean by iron? Embarassing, but I don't know what that is.
Look it up on You Tube. The edge banding has an adhesive that melts when heat is applied. You literally lay it on the edge and iron it like a shirt!

In this picture, the plywood has maple edge banding attached to the edge of the shelf.
How cool! What a great idea.
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