Mesquite Sofa

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Project by John Millikin posted 04-29-2010 09:10 PM 2670 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this sofa about 6 months ago. It was the most ambitious project I’ve ever done. All the joinery is mortise/tenon. The back panels are book-matched and are 3/4 inch thick. This was my own design and it has over 400 bf of mesquite! The finish is 10 coats of tung oil. I hired the upholstery done. We love this sofa, but never again…

-- Jack

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 09:44 PM

That is beautiful, Very well done.
Love the heavy 4×4s, thats gona last a long time.

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 09:49 PM

looks great , looks like lots of work

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#3 posted 04-30-2010 12:02 AM

That looks fantastic, I love it! Did you also make the column? That dresses it up!

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 01:05 AM

Very nice looking project you have!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 04-30-2010 02:45 AM

Beautiful Sofa Jack! 10 Coats of Tung Oil. WOW!! Had you of used 10W30 you probably could of done it in 3 …LOL….


-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#6 posted 04-30-2010 03:15 AM

Great looking sofa. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 04-30-2010 05:03 AM

Wow, that is really nice. Makes me wonder if my wife would let me do something like that for our fire place room.


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#8 posted 04-30-2010 05:05 AM

It’s beautiful Jack.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#9 posted 04-30-2010 05:55 AM

Nice job Jack.

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#10 posted 04-30-2010 06:15 AM

wonderful sofa and great wood .

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 04-30-2010 11:23 AM

Well done looks comfy! I’ll be over as soon as football starts what should I bring?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 04-30-2010 03:08 PM

Great job!! I just showed it to my wife – she wants one. Would like more detail if possible -dimensions , how you fastened the sections together and any other valuable information. You can email me at

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#13 posted 04-30-2010 07:22 PM

Thanks for the comments—I’ll be glad to send my drawing and sketches to anyone who wants them. This was a BIG project, and it had a good part of my shop tied up for six months, that said, it was fun and expensive. If you hire out the upholstery (in leather) you will have more than $15k invested—that’s charging NOTHING for your own work! Contact me thru my new website, and I’ll send you all the notes, sketches that I have. Good Luck.

-- Jack

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#14 posted 05-08-2010 04:55 PM

Thats a beautiful sofa.

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#15 posted 08-27-2012 07:33 PM

Hi John,

I came across this project after doing a search for people building their own sofa. what a beautiful project! My wife and I are just finishing an addition and I would love to build a piece for our new room. I have seen very few examples of something like what you built. I would love to see drawings, pics, or anything you have on how you put it together (dimensions, joinery, support for the cushions, etc….). I just created my account, so I cannot send messages at this point. Thanks for your help.

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