|Project by SouthpawCA||posted 02-25-2012 06:58 PM||3186 views||20 times favorited||13 comments|
I made this love seat to go with the floating top table I made a few months ago. It is made of Ash and Black Walnut. I got the plans out of an old issues of Wood magazine, but changed it up a bit – replaced the slats with black walnut panels.
The legs which are probably the most expensive part was made of 12/4 ash. I tried my darndest to match grains wherever I could which is evident in the 4th picture. All joinery is mortise and tenon with walnut pins. Most of this was love seat was done using hand tools including the mortise and tenons (I’ve done that now so from now on I’m using some other method).
It is finished with my goto finish – shellac. The ash was finished in super blonde shellac. The walnut finished with a coat of garnet shellac followed by a number of coats of super blonde shellac.
My wife and I made the cushions with a lot of help from the place we purchased the foam. Actually, I brought in the plans and he took a look, asked me what grade of foam I wanted then told us to go to lunch. We came back and our cushions were cut, and wrapped with batting. Not only did he do 75% of the work, but he also gave us a tour of his shop. He was very proud of the fact that no foam goes to waste. Everything gets used to the point where small pieces get cut up for use in dog beds. We got home and did the final upholstery and everything fit like a glove. My recommendation if doing something like this … forget about the box store foam … search out a foam company in your area.
My wife now wants 2 matching chairs and 2 similar floating top tables. I’ve seen 2 other similar projects on here and had to get mine in before all the cool ideas were taken.