Step 8: Conceal the joints

adhere a prefinished plywood skin to the sides of the cabinets
Photo: Thomas-Rouchard Studio
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To create the look of a custom-made window seat, it's important to use matching prefinished moldings and accessories, which are sold by the cabinet manufacturer. Start by concealing the joints between the three cabinets on each end with prefinished plywood skins. Cut the skins to length, then attach them with contact cement.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Finish nailer
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • two-foot level
      Level
    • bar clamps
      Clamps
    • flat prybar
      Thin prybar
    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • Countersink bit
      Counter-sink drillbit
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun

    Shopping List

    1. STOCK KITCHEN CABINETS
    with matching trim and plywood skins

    2. UPHOLSTERED SEAT CUSHION

    3. CONTACT CEMENT
    used to adhere prefinished plywood skin to assembled cabinets

    4. PAINTBRUSH AND PAINT ROLLER
    used to apply contact cement

    5. 1½-INCH FINISHING NAILS
    for attaching trim pieces to cabinets

    6. 2x2 BLOCKS
    used to raise overall cabinet height to ceiling

    7. 2½- AND 3-INCH DRYWALL SCREWS
    for joining together cabinets and assembling toekick

    8. WOOD SHIMS
    used to level toekick

    9. LATEX CAULK