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Project by Waldo88 posted 05-27-2016 02:43 PM 1340 views 21 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was an attempt to copy a historical piece (Selig Z-Chair or Z-Sofa) as close as I reasonably could. A loveseat size wasn’t made originally, but its just in-between the other two sizes. I’ve never seen a real Selig piece in person (but I have seen a fair number of knockoffs), so I had to scale photos, make a to-scale drawings, and reverse engineer it a bit from my drawings (the angles for example). The original design is hard to improve apon IMHO, its graceful yet strong; you can always tell a knockoff, they lack the grace of the original, I worked really hard to maintain that element. I generally design my own projects, trying to make a copy was quite an interesting challenge.

The piece is made from some old quartersawn cherry I found at an estate sale. That is one place where I broke from a direct copy, the original was only available in walnut, teak, or beech. I didn’t have enough though so I had to pick up some new cherry, the back stretchers and seat support are made from new cherry.

The joinery is a mix of dowels and mortise and tenon. Almost all major structural joints are mortise and tenon. I used floating tenons so that it was easier to cut each joint to precise angles. There are a few spots where M&T just wasn’t practical so dowels were used instead (lower back stretcher, back slats, arms).

Stock prep was done with handplanes. Angles were cut with a miter saw. Other cuts were made on the bandsaw. Mortises were cut with mortise chisels. Shaping was done with an angle grinder, a spokeshave, rasps, files, a ROS, and hand sanding.

The finish is a few coats of a homemade danish oil (1/3 BLO, 1/3 poly, 1/3 spirits) followed by some black Briwax.

I bought a sewing machine and made the cushions myself as well following some online tutorials. I should have done a better job straightening things for the photos though; things look a bit wonky when you first pull the cover over the foam.

A few more construction photos:





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 05-27-2016 02:54 PM

Really nice piece, congrats on a great build.

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#2 posted 05-27-2016 02:59 PM

Excellent!

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putty

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#3 posted 05-27-2016 03:03 PM

Fantastic Waldo…It looks comfortable too

-- Putty

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#4 posted 05-27-2016 03:37 PM

Those joints look amazing. Really good job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 05-27-2016 03:45 PM

Clean lines, tight joints, cushions look good.

Great job.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 05-27-2016 03:53 PM

Great job on a very attractive piece of furniture. If you find that you’re disappointed with the cherry look, I’ll happily trade you a load of walnut for it so you can stick closer to the originals. :)

I’m impressed that you took on the upholstery too. Enjoy your accomplishments.

-- 2Cor. 4:6

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#7 posted 05-27-2016 04:06 PM

Thats some fine furniture there. Ive been wanting to build us a couch for our home for a while and your peoject opens up some interesting ideas for me. Thanks for posting and excellent work on that beautiful sofa!

-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods

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#8 posted 05-27-2016 05:07 PM

Now that is cool. Looks a lot like a chair I’ve been sketching out. Too bad a lot of the pictures aren’t showing for me.

Which happens a lot on LJ, by the way, site administrators…

My starting point was the Finn Juhl 45 chair, and this is pretty close to where I ended up. I’ve never heard of Selig but will google.

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#9 posted 05-27-2016 05:34 PM

wow, this is an impressive build. What a lovely addition to your home. Enjoy!

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#10 posted 05-27-2016 05:50 PM

That came out beautiful. I really like the shape of the armrests as well.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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CL810

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#11 posted 05-27-2016 06:05 PM

Really nice Waldo. Master craftsman skills on display.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#12 posted 05-27-2016 07:21 PM



Now that is cool. Looks a lot like a chair I ve been sketching out. Too bad a lot of the pictures aren t showing for me.

Which happens a lot on LJ, by the way, site administrators…

My starting point was the Finn Juhl 45 chair, and this is pretty close to where I ended up. I ve never heard of Selig but will google.

- gargey

I love some of Juhl’s work, especially the Chieftain chair.

What drew me to this design especially is the upholstery. I’ve never done it before or sewed anything really, so I wanted that aspect to be simple; box cushions are very much a beginner project.

I also really love some of Vladimir Kagan’s work (worth looking up if you are unfamiliar).

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Waldo88

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#13 posted 05-27-2016 07:22 PM



Great job on a very attractive piece of furniture. If you find that you re disappointed with the cherry look, I ll happily trade you a load of walnut for it so you can stick closer to the originals. :)

I m impressed that you took on the upholstery too. Enjoy your accomplishments.

- Dust_Maker

Ha.

I have a bunch of unsteamed rough cut walnut set aside to make a matching chair.

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#14 posted 05-27-2016 11:26 PM

You did a wonderful job. All the work from research and testing to even sewing. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#15 posted 05-28-2016 12:01 AM

Well, she turned out beautifully! It was fun following your progress on the Furniture forum, and it’s great seeing the finished project! I’m sure you’ll get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction when you’re relaxing on it!

-- Dean

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