Orchard Street Sofa #12: More mortises and tenons

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 02-27-2016 01:06 AM 717 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: And we're back....... Part 12 of Orchard Street Sofa series Part 13: Seat supports, etc »

Or, don’t you just love making Arts & Crafts style furniture? :D

Since the back rest frame looked to be mostly square, it was time to make the back slats. I cut them to length and knocked off the end mortises.

Followed by the edge mortises in the rails, which go a little faster.

I needed to make another batch of floating tenons, then fit them to the slat and rail mortises.

This completed the major assemblies.

Whew!!! :)

-- Art

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 01:17 AM

Art, Way Cool work.

Will the back be at a fixed angle?


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#2 posted 02-27-2016 01:28 AM

Hmmm could this be a really nice futon as well?

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#3 posted 02-27-2016 05:38 AM

Two words: Epic build!

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 01:02 PM

Terry, thank you. We haven’t decided yet. The back will be quite heavy on its own and if 3 people were leaning back, there would be considerable stress of the arms. More holes would weaken it to some extent. I may do 2 with 1 to 2 inches between them.

Rob, I am certain that it could be made to function as a futon, but in my build, the back rest would need some additional support.

Thanks, Captain.

-- Art

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 03:09 PM

I look forward to the finish application. I really want to see you nail the spraying and not miss any obscure nook or cranny 8^)

Have you determined a total board footage for all this?

Great workmanship Art!

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#6 posted 03-01-2016 11:40 PM

Hey, Splinter, thank you! I intend to glue sub-assemblies and finish them before the final glue up. In this case, I will completely finish the two ends, the back rest and the front & back rails and then glue it all together. That should help me avoid any “oopsies”. At least, that is my current plan. :)

I bought 54 bdtf and used about 45 bdft of that plus some scraps I had because I couldn’t bring myself to cut the remaining board for the back slats. So, I would say <50bdft.

-- Art

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