Stickley Prairie Sofa #220

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Project by AandCstyle posted 10-18-2014 09:47 PM 4016 views 24 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my rendition of the named piece. The main challenge presented is the overall size-it measures about 7’ L by 3’ D by 2.5’ H. Due to the size and not wanting any unfinished areas to show with seasonal movement by the panels, I finished each piece separately, except the 3 pieces for the top were glued, then finished as a single unit.

The actual construction is pretty straight forward-floating tenons for the rails and stub tenons & grooves for most everything else. LOML wants a single cushion for the bottom, so I ended up attaching the top with figure 8 connectors so the top can be removed to drop the bottom cushion into position. There will be cushions across the back and sides once the upholsterer completes the job (3 months waiting list – ugh).

There are 4 ways to make seat cushions-plywood, nylon straps, zigzag springs and coil springs. We elected to use the zigzag springs. This was a first for me and I will be able to do better next time. The steel is 8 gauge and cuts with bolt cutters. The end clips attach with 1 screw, then the spring is stretched across and slid into place, finally the 2 additional screws are added to each clip.

If you decide to do this, be certain to add the center brace before stretching the springs. I pulled the 1”x4” oak frame about 3/4” together in the center of the frame and had a heck of a time getting it back to almost square.

The finish is all Target Coatings products. WR40xx (linseed oil to pop the grain) with TransTint dye added was brushed on and wiped off, then sprayed EM1000 (sanding sealer to give a little more depth) and finally EM6000 (lacquer).

Finally, I want to mention and thank Michael Mastin of McKinney Hardwoods for the great figure in the qswo he sent me. To me that is what really makes this project shine.

Thanks for any comments.

-- Art

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#1 posted 10-18-2014 10:22 PM

Beautiful piece Art, Your mastery of the Arts and Crafts really shows on this piece.

The finish really compliments this piece, Gustov would be proud of your work.

now, do I like the old ammonia fuming or do I like your stain the best … Oh, worry!!

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 10-18-2014 10:35 PM

Thanks, Mike. Actually, this one was by Leopold & John George Stickley; Gustave’s youngest brothers.

-- Art

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#3 posted 10-19-2014 12:42 AM

Nicely done! Really love the grain and finish. Can’t wait to see photos once the cushions arrive. Great work. Need to look into Target Coatings finishes.

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#4 posted 10-19-2014 12:51 AM

This is a gorgeous piece.

Somewhere in the last 5 years, my wife has (fortunately) changed her mind and now likes QSWO. Hopefully I misunderstood, the first time, and she actually liked it then. Hard to say. We picked up a 3-drawer chest with a swiveling mirror with beveled glass at a garage sale up the street for $120. I wouldn’t be able to buy the wood or the mirror for that price, so it was a pretty good score. We don’t even have a place to put it yet, but the likely spot is her make-up station, which is made of who-knows-what, and the Formica is peeling off the top. I’d say good riddance to that in a heartbeat.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#5 posted 10-19-2014 12:59 AM

Vincent, thank you! I really like the Target products. I did almost no hard sanding after the WR40xx. Target is located in Fair Lawn NJ so not all that far from you in terms of miles. The owner, Jeff Weiss, is really nice and knowledgeable. I wish I could show nice it feels…....

Dark, thank you! It is good that you have properly educated your wife. :D

-- Art

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#6 posted 10-19-2014 03:05 AM

Wow,what a beautiful sofa!I like it very much!Great job!

-- All for one, one for all.

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#7 posted 10-19-2014 04:23 AM

Wow Art, this came out great. Thanks for sharing the details on the springs. The figure on that oak is sensational, and the finish came out great. Remind me what color Transtint do you like?
Two other details I am curious about… how did you attach the corbels on this one, and how did you secure the miters (they look great by the way)?
Thanks for posting.

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

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#8 posted 10-19-2014 09:59 AM

Great job Merle!!! Glad that the lumber worked out well for you. Again superbly done!

-- McKinney Hardwood Lumber --Specializing in exotic and figured hardwood lumber -McKinney, TX

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#9 posted 10-19-2014 01:07 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 10-19-2014 01:08 PM

You did a great job on that piece. Beautiful craftsmanship.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 10-19-2014 03:15 PM

Great looking project and beautiful wood! I might have to go see them in McKinney

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#12 posted 10-19-2014 03:43 PM

I did almost no hard sanding after the WR40xx.

- AandCstyle

Oops! I meant “no hand sanding”

My thanks to all for the nice comments and compliments.

Willie, I used 1:30 TT Dark Walnut in the WR40xx. The corbels are stub tenons in grooves done with a router. I put 4 #20 biscuits in each miter. I cut the miters with my Hitachi SCMS which I have found to be very accurate.

I might have to go see them in McKinney

- TheWoodenOyster

I am certain that Michael would be happy to see you. He is a really nice guy and IMO very fair.

-- Art

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#13 posted 10-19-2014 03:51 PM

Excellent build a great A & C piece. Your miters look like they grew together ,top notch work.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 10-19-2014 04:10 PM

Great looking piece, single piece cushions will look wonderful

-- Norman

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#15 posted 10-19-2014 07:13 PM

Jim & Norman, thank you. Actually, the quality of the two miters was one of my main concerns since they are almost 11” long and, obviously, very visible. I am really happy with the final results.

-- Art

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