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Orchard Street Sofa #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 02-14-2016 11:58 PM 1149 reads 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some of you may recall that my son wants me to make a sofa for him that looked like a bow arm Morris chair. I haven’t made a Morris chair yet, nor have I made anything resembling a bow arm, so I jumped at the chance. I found a FWW video series with Greg Paolini that does a nice job of illustrating the making of a bow arm Morris chair and I bought the plans from LV to get the profile for the arms. Greg (my son) found the sofa= he liked on Stickley’s site. Therefore, this project will actually be a combination of these two.

I was fortunate to find some nicely figured 5/4 qswo and moved it into the shop about 5 weeks ago.

I like to mark the planks with chalk to try to maximize the yield.

Once that is done, I cut them to length.

Then it is off to the jointer to flatten one face and square an edge. Unfortunately, my photographer slept through this step, but, trust me, it happened. Next up is to cut the opposite edge square with the table saw.

I had had enough fun by this point, so I restacked everything so it could move a bit if necessary. I also marked the names of the pieces on their ends to make it easier going forward.

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

-- Art



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David Taylor

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#1 posted 02-15-2016 12:22 AM

Looks like you are well on your way! That’s a nice looking sofa, should be a really nice project.

Do you also do the leather seating and throw pillows?

-- Learn Relentlessly

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Alongiron

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#2 posted 02-15-2016 12:59 AM

Thanks for sharing Art! It looks like a great project !! Can’t wait for more!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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Mark

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#3 posted 02-15-2016 04:23 PM

Your off to a good start Art. Looking forward to the next phase.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 02-15-2016 04:59 PM

Hey Art,

I’m super-excited about your build. It’s definitely in the sweet spot of my aesthetic. Looks like you’re gonna have another epic project for your gallery. Thanks for taking the time to blog about it. I’m a new Dad so the few minutes on LJ every morning is my “Me” time.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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AandCstyle

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#5 posted 02-15-2016 10:42 PM

Thanks for all the favorable comments. I will try to live up to them.

Captain, it won’t be long before you will wish for less “Me” time and more kid time.

-- Art

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 02-15-2016 10:54 PM

Nice looking stock, I can see some premium figure hiding in there.

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

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 02-15-2016 11:49 PM

That nice pile of stickered wood looks to be enough for the sofa, two side chairs and a table. Ah maybe we don’t want to give Greg any ideas ;)

Looking forward to seeing this build progress Art.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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AandCstyle

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#8 posted 02-16-2016 12:01 AM



That nice pile of stickered wood looks to be enough for the sofa, two side chairs and a table.

Bill, I wish I could stretch it that far. It is about 50 bdft and I will have some excess (if all goes well), but I think a small bench will be about the best I will be able to do.

-- Art

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AandCstyle

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#9 posted 02-16-2016 12:03 AM


Do you also do the leather seating and throw pillows?

- David Taylor

David, this will be on a screened porch so they have ordered Sunsetter covered cushions.

-- Art

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David Taylor

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#10 posted 02-17-2016 03:43 AM


Do you also do the leather seating and throw pillows?

- David Taylor

David, this will be on a screened porch so they have ordered Sunsetter covered cushions.

- AandCstyle

Ah, I see. That’ll be the nicest settin’ porch sofa around!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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AandCstyle

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#11 posted 02-18-2016 12:12 AM


Ah, I see. That ll be the nicest settin porch sofa around!

- David Taylor

Thank you, I hope so. :)

-- Art

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#12 posted 04-06-2016 12:16 AM

Looks like a neat project.

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