Since we're going to grow a vegetable garden, I figured it might be a good idea to make an area indoors in order to start some seeds. We currently have a large (about seven foot wide) double window on the south side of the house. However, it has a standard frame with no ledge for placing items on, so I'm going to take an extra piece of siding from another project and make a simple ledge for our flower/plant starter containers.
Time Needed: an hour or so
Power Tools: Saw
Measuring: One measurement
Materials: A piece of wood long enough to fit inside frame; nails or screws; drill
My plan is simple: cut the wood to the right length; fasten the wood to the interior window frame; paint the wood to match the trim; put stuff on it. I want to avoid too many holes in the existing trim or wall, so I will drill three sets of two holes across the bottom of the window frame. The planters are for starting vegetables and flowers, so I should not have to worry about anchors at the bottom, since I'm only building the ledge out another several inches. That's the theory, anyway.
The ledge came out a little more than expected, so I did need an anchor underneath. This also makes heavy items more likely to make the outside edge of the ledge bend downward. However, since I don't want to spend forever maintaining a perfectly level surface, I'm just going to avoid huge, heavy pots for right now, and use two L-brackets from some other project.