Mission Style Ash/Walnut Love Seat

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Project by SouthpawCA posted 02-25-2012 06:58 PM 4924 views 20 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this love seat to go with the floating top table I made a few months ago. It is made of Ash and Black Walnut. I got the plans out of an old issues of Wood magazine, but changed it up a bit – replaced the slats with black walnut panels.

The legs which are probably the most expensive part was made of 12/4 ash. I tried my darndest to match grains wherever I could which is evident in the 4th picture. All joinery is mortise and tenon with walnut pins. Most of this was love seat was done using hand tools including the mortise and tenons (I’ve done that now so from now on I’m using some other method).

It is finished with my goto finish – shellac. The ash was finished in super blonde shellac. The walnut finished with a coat of garnet shellac followed by a number of coats of super blonde shellac.

My wife and I made the cushions with a lot of help from the place we purchased the foam. Actually, I brought in the plans and he took a look, asked me what grade of foam I wanted then told us to go to lunch. We came back and our cushions were cut, and wrapped with batting. Not only did he do 75% of the work, but he also gave us a tour of his shop. He was very proud of the fact that no foam goes to waste. Everything gets used to the point where small pieces get cut up for use in dog beds. We got home and did the final upholstery and everything fit like a glove. My recommendation if doing something like this … forget about the box store foam … search out a foam company in your area.

My wife now wants 2 matching chairs and 2 similar floating top tables. I’ve seen 2 other similar projects on here and had to get mine in before all the cool ideas were taken.

-- Don

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 07:09 PM

Very nice Don!

Good tips!

Can you give us the Month / Year or Issue# of the Wood magazine it’s in?

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 07:22 PM

Joe Joe Joe … I knew you would ask that. I should have included it. It was December 2000, issue 129, page 42. A matching chair is included. Making the cushions is in the same issue, however, if you look at how they make the cushions it might deter you from making the sofa or chair. Find a reputable foam company, I used a local guy called Bob’s Foam. These companies have many more foam options available and my guy did most of the work.

-- Don

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 07:27 PM

Don, thank you very much… saves a lot of time thumbing through magazines, etc., etc.

I’m sure I have it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 07:52 PM

Great looking Mission love seat, top quality workmanship.


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#5 posted 02-25-2012 08:51 PM

Nice work. Now you’ve got a patron.When the chairs and tables are finished your gonna be REALLY good at it :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 02-26-2012 02:35 AM

Really like your new love seat. At some point I want to tackle one of those.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 03:13 AM

You did a great job. I like your wood selection and the panels are a nice touch. I’m looking forward to the matching pieces.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 04:40 AM

Looks great, has wonderful details and the cushions were just a steal, great work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 02-26-2012 06:28 AM

Beautiful loveseat, I really like the walnut panels and think you went the right way instead of the open slats.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

#10 posted 02-26-2012 02:22 PM

I like you work,Don !!!


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#11 posted 02-26-2012 07:34 PM

Really great work!

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#12 posted 02-27-2012 04:47 PM

yeah man, really really nice.. I love it…

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#13 posted 02-27-2012 05:21 PM

Don, as a newbie to this site, I would like to say that your project is very nice. I purchased a plan at Rockler in Houston, TX during a business trip, but yet to build one. I hope mine comes out as nice as yours. Thanks for the tips.

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