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Blog entry by Martina posted 12-01-2009 05:39 AM 1930 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys, so I have been away for awhile, but I am all settled into my new place, cut off 14 inches of hair, sold a car, bought a motorcycle, got promoted on my job and ready to start woodworking again in my new garage. I am about to start on a “settee” I called it a couch, but I was corrected… LOL not much on fancy names…

Any tips to look out for? This is going to be something that is used regularly…. so delicate is not good – any support bracing ideas?

I have purchased a plan, but it seems to be a bit… ummm well cheap or delicate. So I need to make it a little more for daily use.

I made a bed frame for my mother and it seems to be holding up, but that was another monster. – Sorry no pictures… I didn’t have my phone, and well as most of you know by my older projects a camera is not something that I have.

Thanks! Happy woodworking! o and Holidays! :)

-- Martina, Houston, TX

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 06:01 AM

Congrats on the new place and promotion! Mortise and tenon joints take a lot of abuse. I think that’s what’s in my our couch-we bought it so not sure anymore. It’s held up to 2 teenagers, and friends, too many relatives and outlasted 2 out of 3 dogs : )

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 06:02 AM

Glad to see you came back and are still woodworking. I hoped that you had not abandoned the craft. Great to hear you have a garage too!

There are scads of books written on mission furniture and contain plans for settees. All the ones that I have ever seen appeared to be quite substantial in design. I really like the Robert W. Lang books “Measured Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” and “More Measured Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture.”

I would highly recommend these two books if anyone was looking for the best books with plans for Craftsman or Mission style furniture. They give some history at the beginning to add a context for the designs. The rest of the books are short on words but rich with measured CAD drawings, just the way I like it!

Good luck with your project and be sure to share pictures!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 06:13 AM

I could never give up! thanks for the book references, I will check them out tomorrow.

-- Martina, Houston, TX

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#4 posted 12-01-2009 06:50 AM

great on the new life ,

with a rais , adecent digital camera
shouldn’t be to hard to swing .

then we could all see what you are up to .

have a good ghristmas and new year !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 12-01-2009 06:52 AM

Congratulations and good luck with your project!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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