Breakfast Nook: Seats
Because of the angles, panel faces, and the oak parts, building the seats was actually the longest step in the process. I designed the seats with an angled front that would allow more freedom for leg movement, but I decided to place squared end pieces on each of the seats for aesthetic reasons.
The oak seat parts are 3/4" oak-faced plywood surrounded by rounded 1" x 1" solid oak trim. This trim forms a lip on two sides of each seat. Using piano hinges, both seats are secured into a solid oak piece along the back. Because I over-engineer everything, I added solid oak pieces to the inside of each seat to prevent any sagging of the plywood over time.
The bottoms of the seat carcasses are open to allow shimming during installation. I intend to install bottom panels inside of each seat in the finished installation.