Arts & Crafts Ottoman

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I built this Ottomen to go with a chair I had finished earlier in the year. It is made out of QS white oak. This Ottomen is a very strudy design, and comes in handy when you have more people in a room than chairs. I do wish that I had went ahead and put through tenons on the legs. I like the look if nothing else. It has been finished with four or five coats of an oil/poly blend. Very useful, and fun project to build.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#1 posted 06-20-2007 04:03 AM

This is a great piece, Greg! I really love the QS oak. The style and material are exactly like a set of bunk beds my parents bought for my brother and me when I was about 2. I’m 48 now, the beds are are still in my folks’ guest room, and they look as new as the day they were purchased. I think you’re ottoman will be around for a long time as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-20-2007 04:14 AM

Nice piece. That’ll be around for a VERY long time.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 06-20-2007 04:16 AM

Unless you’re an absolute purist, you can give a faux through tenon look with some oak, some glue and an accurate ruler.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 06-20-2007 05:59 AM

It’s beautiful.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 06-20-2007 06:00 AM

I like the design Greg. I am going to be building some end tables of similar design in the near future. What did you finish it with?

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#6 posted 06-20-2007 06:18 AM

very cool…how big is it? it looks like it is sitting on top of a router table…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 06-20-2007 02:57 PM

looks great Greg. If you really want the look of through tenons, you could go back and add some fake ones. You would just need to drill and chisel them, and add a glue a “tenon” in place. Sounds like more work than it really is. I’m going hunting for pics of your chair now…...

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#8 posted 06-20-2007 06:41 PM

The ottoman is very nice. Where’s the chair? Did you build a Morris chair out of QSWO also? I think QSWO is my favorite wood because of the beautiful ray fleck patterns. This style ottoman has been on my list of projects to do for a long time now but other projects seem to get in the way. I haven’t attempted through tenons on any projects yet, though I like the look also. Fake through tenons are certainly easier and faster to do I imagine. I think you inspired me to go ahead and build the ottoman, and then I’ll just have to build the chair to go with it…and then the prairie settle… and then a coffee table…and some end tables… see what you started!

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#9 posted 06-20-2007 07:03 PM

Great job Greg. I like the look of the piece, as well as the color of the Oak. What size of spindles did you use on the ottoman? It looks like about 1 inch thick?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 06-20-2007 09:47 PM

Beautiful ottoman Greg, I like the morris look. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 06-21-2007 01:17 AM

The finish on the ottomen is four or five coats of boiled linseed oil, tung oil, and poly. As far as dimension. I believe it is 24”wide x 14-16”tall x about the same wide. The spindles are 5/8” x 5/8”. Everything except the legs and spindles are 7/8” think material. I’m thinking of building another one for the foot of our bed. This one I would like to build about twice as long, and a little higher. As for the chair. I sold the spindle armed Morris chair. I wanted to build this ottomen to see what it looked like completed. I guess I’m going to have to build another chair now.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#13 posted 07-11-2007 11:42 PM

Greg, this is a beautiful A & C Ottoman.

I agree with the faux through tenon idea. Wouldn’t be hard to do and would add just the perfect final touch.

Nice work, Greg, thanks.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 08-21-2009 03:34 AM

Wow very nice work most outstanding

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