|Project by Mike001||posted 01-27-2011 05:20 PM||3397 views||21 times favorited||26 comments|
Finally got the cushions done. All told: 86 mortises, 2 cow hides, a lot of qtr sawn white oak and hours. Always wanted to make one of these. The demensions are from a bow arm plan from woodplans online, but I wanted the drop arm like on the cover of the Taunton Press book “In The Craftsman Style.” Started with Quarter sawn white oak picked from a number of sources. Probably $300 worth. The arms are from a solid roughsawn 2” board bandsawd on edge and hand planed. All joints are mortise and tenon…even all the slats! The only fake through tenon is on top of the arms. I wanted to screw them onto the legs…which are mitered to get figure on all four sides. All the slats are 3/4” instead of 3/8” like in the plans. Built to last a couple of generations. Stain is Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil and wipe on poly with Briwax on top. Smooth as silk. The cusions were made at an upholstery shop from two cowhides in a camel tan antique stressed look. I wanted it to look old. Scott Phillips from the show American Woodworker was in town at the local Woodcraft store where I had it in a show and he really liked it…said “I nailed the classic quartersawn grain.” Made me feel good about all the work. It won’t be cheap when the bill is totaled, but it’ll be a family heirloom.
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