Selig ottoman #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 07-16-2019 03:52 PM 304 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the companion to the Z-Chair project that I recently completed.

This is the ottoman that is most often seen paired with the Jensen Z-chair. I don’t think it was specifically designed with the chair because the same ottoman shows up with other Selig chairs of the period. Here are a couple example photos, with and without cushion.

To simplify this build, I’ll be using the wide slots for the webbing (as used above) instead of the narrow slots for webbing clips that I used on the chair.

I started the same way I did with the Z-chair, by finding a few good photos of the side and end, loading them into my CNC software, and then scaling them to the approximate dimensions (24” x 18” x 15”).

The long stretchers are rabbeted along the top edge that contains the cushion:

In order to maximize the use of lumber width for the 3 end pieces, I nested 2 “left” legs on one job and 2 “right” legs on another job.

Next is the frame for the webbing.

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