Orchard Street Sofa #3: Kinda got stuck today

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 02-15-2016 11:55 PM 1793 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was to be a big day, I planned to do my first bent lamination. The form was ready to go as were the lams and I even had auxiliary help (aka LOML) lined up if needed. Paolini recommends using plastic resin glue, but I checked with a buddy that does a lot of bending and he indicated that TiteBond III would be fine. So that is what I used and tomorrow morning I will find out for myself.

Actually, this first stage went easier than I had antictpated and no auxiliary help was required. :) If there are any OCD readers here, I used 32 clamps. Tomorrow morning will either be agony or ecstasy. haha

Then I started work on the legs. I needed to laminate two pieces together to get started and because I was short on clamps, I choose to glue all 4 legs together at one time and used cauls to maximize the pressure.

Then I waited about 30-45 minutes for the glue to cure. After the legs were out of the clamps, I needed to square up the edges a bit.

If you look closely, you might be able to see that the two edges aren’t perfectly aligned. A couple passes over the jointer fixed that. My next step was to glue the veneer to the edge grain so as to have ray flecks on all 4 sides. Again, more gluing with only 2 clamps.

I leave the veneers wide to ensure complete coverage and clean up the edges with a flush trimming bit on the router table.

Then cut them to the required length.

My main learning here is that all these glue ups kinda got me stuck today. I should have started the arms asap while I still had other things I could do. I really need to get the legs done before I can do much more and the arm glue up limited my leg processing ability.

I have the second arm to glue tomorrow, but the legs will be readied for mortising permitting me to make some progress, I hope!

Til then and thanks for reading and any comments/questions.

-- Art

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#1 posted 02-16-2016 12:12 AM

Art, I think you are supposed to use plenty of clamps for bent laminations. Maybe try that next time.
Ha! Wow that’s a lot of clamps!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 02-16-2016 01:05 AM


Great job! You have a lot more clamps than I had when I made my first one.

When I did my legs on my Morris chair, I mitered them to get the rays on all sides. That was the first time I tried it and it turned out great!!

Again thanks for sharing.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#3 posted 02-16-2016 01:20 AM

Looks like your meeting all of your challenges head on. Good for you mate. Keep up the good work. PS Don’t miss a golden opportunity to buy more tools/ clamps. :)

-- Mark

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#4 posted 02-16-2016 01:09 PM


Great job on the glue ups as well as the story line and photos.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#5 posted 02-16-2016 07:36 PM

Great write-up and photo journal … Looks like there are some new challenges in this project, and that is what makes them so much fun.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 02-16-2016 11:04 PM

Willie, thanks for the tip. I actually used all but 3 of my clamps today. The ones I didn’t use were too long to fit under the ceiling or I would have used them as well.

Steve, thank you. You did a fantastic job on your Morris chair legs. I am not that talented so I just laminate them and glue on some veneer.

Mark, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. I just made my clamp racks a couple months ago and they are full. Also, I am either saving my pennies for a Domino or an end vice.

Thank you, Terry.

Mike, thank you! I try to do something new with each project. I agree that the learning is the fun part.

-- Art

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