Blogging instead of Woodworking #18: Prairie Sofa and Love Seat, Part 2

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Blog entry by Douglas posted 04-19-2015 05:24 PM 1495 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just posted the next installment of my prairie sofa and love seat build on my blog. A LOT of pictures, discussion of design changes, and the fun of discovering the lumber you thought was awesome sometimes isn’t.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 07:06 AM

When i was making my baby crib I made 48 M&T joints and that was a lot of work. Granted, I don’t have a mortising machine but still – The amount of work you have put into this is absolutely ridiculous. But the excellent grain selection and meticulous planning does show in the work. Very cool!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 01:20 PM

Thanks Jake! I see on your crib project (which has some gorgeous figure, btw) that you matched / fit each M&T joint, and labeled them. With your arched rail, you had to, very tedious! For this, I was tempted to try and match every spindle to a joint, but with 206, there were just to many. Instead, I kept them together by assembly, so all the spindles for one side assembly stayed together, and were dry fit before final assembly. Some of the spindles required a little tapping to get in, and one or two seemed barely loose on one end, only to be snug on the other. In the end, they were all snug and nothing was loose.

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