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Orchard Street Sofa #4: Ecstasy!!

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 02-17-2016 12:21 AM 1106 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Kinda got stuck today Part 4 of Orchard Street Sofa series Part 5: Yes, I have a pair of arms »

Yesterday I attempted my first bent lamination and the results (at least for the first arm) were more than satisfactory for me. I took off all the clamps after waiting a full 24 hours, and pried the arm off the bending form. It seemed to retain the desired shape without any noticeable spring back. I scraped the glue off one edge and ran that through jointer. After that I ripped it to just over finished width on the TS then cleaned that edge on the jointer.

I needed to get the legs to their final dimensions, so I planed the thick veneers down to 1/8” giving a finished size of 2.25” x 2.25” and cut the legs to their appropriate lengths. The back legs are 2” shorter than the front legs.

On to final dimensions for the side rails. They also needed to be jointed, planed and sawed.

Finally, it was time to begin cutting the mortises. :) I use a Mortise-Pal because it is quick and accurate. Sadly, the Mortise-Pal is no longer manufactured, but a Domino would be an excellent substitute. ;)

I didn’t have any tenons ready to go, so I made them. I plane the stock to just over the desired size, 1/2” for these, then run them through the drum sander until the corners just slip into the mortises. After that, I cut them to the proper width (5” here) and round the edges with a round over bit (duh) on the router table.

Here is a test fit:

Sometimes, in spite of my best efforts, the tenons need a further bit of adjustment which I do with a combo sander.

This is the first completed joint.

And this is the first end.

This was a great day. The arm looks as good as I hoped it would and I think I made a lot of progress with no major challenges. Life is good!

-- Art



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Alongiron

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#1 posted 02-17-2016 01:31 AM

Sweet!! It is fun to see it come together like that. Question…by submitting this blog, do you find yourself being more careful; if that’s the word; in your craftsmanship to find perfection? Keep up the good work! It is fun also to see all the tools you have in your shop! Take care!!

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

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#2 posted 02-17-2016 01:36 AM

Nice job Art!!!

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#3 posted 02-17-2016 02:58 AM

That’s some pretty nice machining there Art. You’re well on your way to a beautiful project.
You also have a pretty fine tool stable!

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

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#4 posted 02-17-2016 01:08 PM

Art,

Those end grain mortises look great. Never tried the tenon inserts before, do you need to peg the joint at both ends or will the glue hold?

Thanks for sharing. We live vicariously through your work here. ;)

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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Mark

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#5 posted 02-17-2016 04:19 PM

+1 with pintodeluxe on the tool issue. Much as I like the Festool, it just ain’t in the picture. You do very nice work Art. Well done.

-- Mark

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AandCstyle

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#6 posted 02-18-2016 12:34 AM

I thank everyone for the kind comments.


Question…by submitting this blog, do you find yourself being more careful; if that s the word; in your craftsmanship to find perfection? Keep up the good work!

Steve, I’ll let you know if I ever find perfection! I guess I work with the same degree of care because it is hard to teach an old dog, but I have found that having a crummy photog hides a multitude of opportunities for improvement. :D


That s some pretty nice machining there Art. You re well on your way to a beautiful project.

Willie, it will get interesting tomorrow when I actually have to start making curves to match the arms and do the angled through mortises and tenons. Straight and square are my comfort level.


Never tried the tenon inserts before, do you need to peg the joint at both ends or will the glue hold?

Terry, if the tenons fit well, there is no need to peg them, but that is always a nice feature to incorporate. I hadn’t planned to peg them, but now that you mention it…... hmm

Mark, I’ve got nothing on you with your beautiful new shop that is full of new tools and is large enough for square dancing. haha

-- Art

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#7 posted 02-20-2016 03:33 AM

Hey Art,

First, AWESOME! Second, depending on how you peg them, you will be giving away your secret that they’re loose tenons. If they were integral, you’d only need to peg the female side.

You probably know this, but when I peg or plug, I always line the grain of the plug up with the work and the plugs all but disappear.

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

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AandCstyle

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#8 posted 02-21-2016 12:42 AM

Captain, at this moment, I probably won’t use any pegs, but that might change tomorrow. :D

-- Art

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