Prairie Settle Sectional #1: Design

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Blog entry by James Early posted 06-29-2008 12:17 AM 3910 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first blog entry describing my summer woodworking project. My wife and I love Arts and Crafts furniture, and so we’ve decided to build ourselves a sectional settle inspired by these classic designs. I began with the Prairie Sofa described in Robert W. Lang’s book, “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” (Page 44). I then tweaked the measurements and proportions until I had a design that minimizes the number of distinct components and provides a lot of flexibility of arrangements.

I recently found this link to a similar design. A beautiful creation, indeed. However, I don’t have the “15 large” it would take to get one. Also, my design will allow us to add sections as time and budget permit.

The result (produced in Google Sketckup) can be seen below.

One assembly detail: Each leg will have a groove to accept a corbel. However, the corbels will actually be held in place with rare earth magnets. Fellow LJ Tim Pursell did a similar thing in one of his projects. This will permit easy removal and access to the hardware used to connect the individual sections. More assembly details will be added to future entries. Also, I will be asking LJ members for suggestions.

-- -- Jim E., Oswego, NY. Create, have fun, and work safely!

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#1 posted 06-29-2008 01:50 AM

This will be a fun one to follow.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 06-29-2008 06:01 AM

An interesting idea to use the rare earth magnets to hold the corbels in place. I just picked up a bunch from LV to experiment with (and make a jointer blade setting jig). I am amazed at how powerful these magnets are.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 06-29-2008 04:39 PM

If F.L. Wright were doing “pit groups” this one would be IT! Can’t wait to see it in wood. Good luck and keep us posted.


P.S. Don’t forget the coffee table or ottoman.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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