Selig ottoman #3: Seat frame

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 07-18-2019 10:55 PM 269 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a feeling I’m not going about this in the optimal way. It’s feeling a little bit fiddly fitting the seat frame into the outer structure. But, perhaps it’s just the consequence of cutting some mortises on the CNC and other on the mortising jig. So far, this is working out, but I can’t help think there may have been a simpler way.

The frame is 1-3/4” x 3/4” (approx). I started with the long side pieces, transferring the locations of the outer frame mortises to the seat frame. I left this piece a little long so that I could get the mortise placement right first, then trim the piece to fit. Here I’m test-fitting the mortises.

With the long pieces of the seat frame cut to length, I could dry-fit them in place and then measure/mark the length of the shorter end pieces.

I measured the required length of the short pieces, added a 1/16” slop to the cut pieces, and then used the disc sander to slowly sneak up on right length to fit.

Because of the 1-3/4” seat frame width, I did have to drop down to a 1” tenon width to join the frame pieces.

The frame dry-fitted to check fit within the outer structure.

Next were the slots for the webbing. I don’t know what Selig ottoman looks like on the underside, but I added a channel for the dowel to sit in.

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