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Stickley #369 Morris Chair #7: Ottoman

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 03-25-2014 04:24 PM 2088 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here I am building a small ottoman to compliment the Morris Chair.

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The ottoman legs were laminated with thin veneers. As with the chair, I used 1/4” thick veneer strips that are later planed down to 3/32” thickness.

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The ottoman legs are planed to their final size of 1-3/4” square, and mortised to receive 1/2” thick tenons.

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I do an initial assembly to see how the joints fit. Everything is scaled down on the ottoman, compared to the Morris chair. The rails are 7/8” thick (vs. 1” thick on the chair), the legs are 1-3/4” (vs. 2-3/8” on the chair), and the mortises are 1/2” wide (vs. 5/8” on the chair). It seems like the ottoman is nearly complete at this stage, but there are still 16 more mortises to cut.

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Mortising for the side slats. These mortises are made with the 5/16” chisel.

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I cut the tenons to size, checking the fit on the OUTSIDE of the mortise. Once all the joinery is done, the curves can be cut at the bandsaw.

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One more dry assembly lets me take a true measurement for the lower cross rails.

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The top rails are haunched where they intersect. This gives the shorter tenon as much surface area for glue as possible.

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I try to rip all my stock for a project at the same time. That way I minimize the number of times I have to install the dado blade. Here I am doing the finish sanding prior to assembly.

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Then the side assemblies go together.

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The lower cross rails are just large enough to add some rigidity to the frame, but small enough to be out of the way when tucking your feet under the ottoman.

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Once the side assemblies go together, it’s just about done.

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A few more pegs to flush trim, a little detail sanding, and I will be ready to apply the finish.

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Next up will be stain and lacquer.

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



7 comments so far

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goggy

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 04:35 PM

Well done, well documented, and beautiful QSWO!

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Roger

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 11:45 PM

Mighty fine machining, and picture how to along the way.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Mean_Dean

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 12:27 AM

You’re really gett’n the hang of this! Look’n good!

-- Dean

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stefang

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 01:22 PM

A lot of work, but very nicely done and with a beautiful result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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JPO

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#5 posted 11-29-2014 11:59 PM

Just beautiful work! I’m interested in building just the ottoman portion of this project to match an existing morris chair I own. Do the Popular Woodworking plans you mention at the beginning of this series include dimensions for the ottoman as well?

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 11-30-2014 05:08 AM

No, I came up with the ottoman dimensions. Sorry.

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

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JPO

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#7 posted 12-02-2014 04:23 AM

Willie, I sent you a PM but I’m not sure if the forum software let it get through to you. I’m wondering what the height of the top and bottom rails on the ottoman are.

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