Orchard Street Sofa #17: Arming the ends

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 04-06-2016 11:01 PM 1535 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: A little progress Part 17 of Orchard Street Sofa series Part 18: The beginning of the end »

My goal today was to get the arms glued to the ends. One of my concerns is that this sofa is heavy and people will lift it by the arms whenever they want to move it. Poalini simply glued the arms to the top end rails for his chair but I felt that more was needed for this sofa. Therefore, I took a tip from pintodeluxe in his Morris chair blog (thanks, Willie!) but with a bit of a twist. I cut a 1/4” groove in the tops of the rails and made a curved spline to fit and match the curve of the arms. With the spline in the groove, I set the arm in place and marked its location with a pencil line on both sides. Then I routed a corresponding groove in the under side of the arms. I tested the fit for both arms and everything worked, so I glued the splines into the rails and then the arms to the splines. Unfortunately, my photog was out to lunch and didn’t get any pix, but there is a pic in Willie’s blog.

Here is one of the ends in the clamps.

Notice that I saved the rail cut off to give the clamps a square surface to grab onto. Since I still didn’t think this was over-engineered yet, I decided to drill a hole through the arms into the legs and glue a dowel in place. I only have a 1/4” dowel making plate so that is what I used.

Tomorrow will see the start of the finish, at long last. :)))

-- Art

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#1 posted 04-07-2016 12:37 AM


It is really looking good!

Thanks for sharing!

What are you looking at for the finish?

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

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#2 posted 04-07-2016 01:33 AM

Welcome back, Art! Love the progress.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 04-07-2016 02:39 PM

“Since I still didn’t think this was over-engineered yet…”

Yeah, right! 8^)

It’s great that you consider the end user and how they will probably move it around and then beef it up.

The fit and proportions of everything looks spot on, eager to see the final showpiece!

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#4 posted 04-07-2016 04:47 PM

Looking very nice and clean.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#5 posted 04-09-2016 09:45 PM

You guys are too kind. Thank you!

-- Art

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