Mission Style Hall or Window Seat

This information has been reprinted from a 1912 Popular Mechanics publication titled "Mission Furniture And How To Make It".

A simple design for a hall or window seat is shown in the accompanying sketch and detail drawing. Anyone who has a few sharp tools, and is at all handy with them, can make this useful and attractive piece of furniture in a few spare hours.


Quarter-sawed oak is the best wood to use in its construction, as it looks best when finished and is easy to procure. If the stock is ordered from the mill ready cut to length, squared and sanded, much of the labor will be saved. The following is a list of the material needed:

  • 4 corner posts, 1-1/2 by 1-1/2 by 28 in., S-4-S.
  • 2 side rails, 3/4 by 2-1/2 by 36-1/2 in., S-4-S.
  • 2 end rails, 3/4 by 4 by 14-1/2 in., S-4-S.
  • 2 side braces, 1 by 1 by 36-1/2 in., S-4-S.
  • 2 end braces, 1 by 1 by 14-1/2 in. S-4-S.
  • 1 seat, 1 by 16 by 35-3/4 in., S-4-S.
  • 2 top end braces, 3/4 by 2 by 14-1/2 in., S-4-S.
  • 6 slats, 3/4 by 2 by 6-1/2 in., S-4-S.

Square up the four posts and lay out the mortises according to the drawing. To do this, lay them on a flat surface with the ends square and mark them with a try-square. The tenons on the end and side rails are laid out in the same manner as the posts. The end rails should be marked and mortises cut for the upright slats as shown in the detail drawing. Fit the end and side braces with mortise and tenon joints.

The two end frames can now be glued and clamped together and set away to dry. Put all the parts together before gluing to see that they fit square and tight.

The seat should be made of one piece if possible, otherwise two or more boards will have to be glued together. The corners should be cut out to fit around the posts. It rests on the side rails and cleats fastened to the inner side of the end rails.

When the window seat is complete go over it carefully and scrape all the surplus glue from about the joints, as the finish will not take where there is any glue. Remove all rough spots with fine sandpaper, then apply the stain best liked, which may be any one of the many mission stains supplied by the trade for this purpose. If this window seat is well made and finished, it will be an ornament to any home.

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