Orchard Street Sofa #13: Seat supports, etc

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 02-27-2016 01:26 AM 1416 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: More mortises and tenons Part 13 of Orchard Street Sofa series Part 14: A break in the action »

Now that the frame is complete, I made the seat supports from soft maple. I added 1” x 1” ledgers to the front and back rails (no pix, ahem) and cut the pieces for the seat supports. These will have rubber webbing with about an inch between each strip. I will attempt to get pix when that is installed.

Then glued the frames:

Followed by the test fit:

I sawed and sanded the leg tenons ends to their pyramid shape. There is some burning from the disk sander, but I will sand that out during the final sanding. I really should have asked Willie how he did such a perfect job with his (see pic #2).

This gets me current. Thanks for being patient with me.

-- Art

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 03:52 PM

Gee Whiz Art!! About time you got off yer butt and did some thing. :) You project is really taking shape know. That really looks sharp on the dry fit. Sanding dust (not saw dust) and a wee bit of glue will fix any slight gaps you may have. Lay down a bi to masking tape along each edge to prevent the glue/dust mixture from stain ing the restive the material and clean ohh excess before it sets.
Keep up the good work.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 02-28-2016 04:39 AM

Art, I’ve been enjoying reading about the progress of you build. After I get a few miscellaneous small projects done that have been requested of me by my wife and friends, I would like to attempt something a bit more ambitious. I see you purchased the plans for the sofa from LV. I’m going to take a look there to see if they have anything that interests me, but are there other sources you have used to acquire plans from?

I think I should start to follow some established plans to learn more about joinery and technique. Right now I build like I cook – a little of this and a little of that, but maybe following a well designed blueprint wouldn’t be a bad idea :)

Looking forward to seeing the end results. I’m sure it will be stellar.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 12:57 PM

Hey, thanks, Mark. Also, thank you for the suggestion.

Bill, my experience with buying plans is quite limited-just LV, FWW and Bob Lang's site. You would get more and better advice by posting this question on the main forum. I think the best you will get is a good full size drawing with no errors.

-- Art

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#4 posted 03-01-2016 04:07 PM

Love it!

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

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