White Oak Ottoman

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Project by MisterBill posted 03-07-2014 09:23 PM 1614 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a little project that I recently completed based on the plans for an “Elegant Ottoman” that are in the February/March edition of Woodcraft Magazine. I made it mostly out of wood that I had that was labeled as QSWO. The buttons are mesquite and all joinery is mortise and tenon.

I was building this on the cheap, so the final dimensions (21” x 14” x 12’ high) were dictated by the pillow that I found for $10 at a local thrift shop.

The part that I am the most pleased with is the fit of the five slats in the top rails. I made a small jig out of scrap wood that I used as a guide when I routed the mortises for the slats. I was amazed that not only did the slats just barely fit but my layout for the mortises was spot on! I guess that even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then!

I followed the suggested finishing process of flooding the surface with boiled linseed oil, letting it set of 10 minutes and wiping it dry. After setting for a least a week I applied somewhere around 5 coats of a homemade wiping poly.

I apologize for the sideways view of the buttons! I tried three times to correct it but didn’t have any luck!!

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 03-07-2014 11:45 PM

It is very nice looking and well crafted. You did especially well with the pegs. Thanks for posting.

-- Art

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#2 posted 03-09-2014 05:22 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed & Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 12:08 PM

A very nice, clean build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 04:08 PM

It’s classy and well crafted. Beautiful wood mix and finish, the pegs are nice accents. Great job!

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