Orchard Street Sofa #16: A little progress

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 04-06-2016 12:06 AM 1145 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Finally, getting back at it Part 16 of Orchard Street Sofa series Part 17: Arming the ends »

I am finally getting back at this project and hope to finish it before I die. haha

I needed to round off the sharp edges on the fronts of the back rest supports so I did that with the oscillating sander. I found that it collects dust much better when the shop vac is on. :/

After that, I started gluing the back rest together. Even though it isn’t necessary, I put a dab of glue into the mortises for the slats.

Pretty standard glue up process, but I did need a diagonal clamp to square the back up about 1/8”.

While the glue was curing, I started working on the arms. When Greg was here, they decided how much they wanted the back rest to lean back and I marked the front and back of the support on the edges of both arms. My pins are 5/8” diameter, so I marked the center 5/16” back from where the back rest needs to be.

I drilled the holes for the pins with the drill press after ensuring that the arms were level and plumb.

The back corners are clipped off, so I marked them,

and cut them off with the BS,

and, finally, cleaned them on on the planer.

That concluded my shop time today. It was good to be back. :)

-- Art

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 02:49 AM

Good to have you back Art. Don’tcha hate it when life gets in the way? Project’s coming along nicely. Do you have an end date? For what it’s worth I will always put a dab of glue on the mortices/tenons for slats or spindles. I didn’t on 2 stools i built and the damn things rattle like a skeleton on a string. Have get in there with the CA glue….one day. Cheers.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 11:08 PM

Thank you, Mark. Yes, it really cuts down on my shop time. :D I am currently guessing it will be another 7-10 days. I once made a panel door that rattled because I didn’t add a drop of glue to the center top & bottom and regretted it every time I closed that door. Finally, I moved to a different house and left the cabinet behind. haha

-- Art

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