Prairie Sofa and Love Seat

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Project by Douglas posted 09-25-2015 03:22 PM 3587 views 32 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from quarter sawn white oak, dye stain and shellac finish. Leather upholstery. Completed in June of 2015. This is an interpretation of the classic L. & J. G. Stickley No. 220 Settle. That piece uses frame and panels for the sides and backs, where I opted for rows of spindles, and then created a love seat to match. I’d always loved this design, and on a leap of faith, near the end of the build, we got rid of our existing old sofa and love seat on the hopes these would be comfortable. They were! This was the first time I worked with an upholsterer, and worked with a a great local shop that did and excellent job.

I blogged about the build here and on my site at:

Thanks for looking!

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 03:30 PM

Wow! That is flat-out gorgeous!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 03:46 PM

Great looking projects, and beautiful finish as well.
The upholstery is a perfect finishing touch.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 04:03 PM

These are very nice and I love the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 04:12 PM


-- -David -- Lubbock, TX

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#5 posted 09-25-2015 05:49 PM


-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 09-25-2015 08:49 PM

I’m speechless Doug. They’re stunning and look right at home in their setting.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 09-25-2015 08:59 PM

Looks great. Favorited for a copy cat build at some point.

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 12:02 AM

Beautiful set of furniture! That’s some fine work—and you get to enjoy them every day!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 09-26-2015 01:48 PM

I agree with all of the above comments. Nice job!

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#10 posted 09-26-2015 02:06 PM

Well done!

-- Doug...

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#11 posted 09-26-2015 02:12 PM

Pics look like an ad from a Fine Furniture magazine! Stunning!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#12 posted 09-26-2015 02:46 PM

Those are fantastic. I have those on my list of my must build one day projects.

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#13 posted 09-26-2015 03:47 PM

Stunning work. They look amazing. Great job.

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#14 posted 09-26-2015 04:43 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. And the pictures are amazing, but I didn’t take them (probably because I didn’t take them). I have a pro photographer friend who wanted to try doing some furniture shots (not his regular thing) for fun, and I said hell yeah. So one afternoon, with a helper, he brought in a slew of lights a diffusers and other equipment, and went at it for an afternoon. Then he spent some time on the computer color correcting and all that jazz, and said “here you go! Let me know when you’d like to do some shots of your other pieces.” Oh, you know I will. :-)

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#15 posted 10-16-2015 01:23 AM

Sorry I’m so late with my comment, but I love the sofa and loveseat. They are beautiful and look great in the space. I’ll be sure to check out your blog on the build.

-- Glen

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