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Project by Jeffrey Alexander posted 07-12-2012 02:06 PM 2004 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mission furniture—Sofa and 2 Club chairs. Hybrid design following Woodcraft and Rockler plans, but making changes to reflect an antique sofa I saw on ebay.

QS white oak, dyed using RIT Wine coloured water dye, with Varathane Black Cherry oil stain (used as a gel stain)

The Club chair was posted earlier, without the upholstery, so am reposting as finished. Dark Burgundy duck canvas.
The Master has already claimed this one…

All three pieces sit on floor cloths which I painted up to protect the wood floor underneath (and easier to keep clean)

9 months of work

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."





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Kookaburra

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#1 posted 07-12-2012 02:12 PM

This is my favorite style so I am going to ask a couple of questions :)

First, why did you choose to perforate the side? Did you see that in the other version that inspired you?

Secondly, why did you choose to use quarter sawn oak if you planned to dye it do dark? Does the grain show well this dark? (hard to see in these pics)

Thanks for sharing these!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 07-12-2012 02:40 PM

Nice sofa and chair.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#3 posted 07-12-2012 03:20 PM

Hi Kookaburra…Yes. the antique piece had pierced panels. I did this using a mortise chisel carefully positioned to do this #2 I originally planned a lighter stain job ( although not happy with it) with using the QS. oak. HOWEVER, Varathane “Fast Dry” stain means even FASTER when I stained up the first back section of a chair outdoors on a moderately windy and hot sunny day. It dried too fast to “wipe off ” in the 5 minute time period , so I left the stain on brushed out as a gel stain. A “Happy Accident” that I liked better than my original stain procedure. The antique was dark, and my woodwork in the den is all dark, so, instead of panic, I went with it dark. I can see the grain pattern and the wine coloured dye in the east morning sunlight in that room. I love it! Each chair is designed to come apart in 5 sections, the settee in 6 …

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

#4 posted 07-12-2012 03:57 PM

Nice work.

-- Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker,Blk Mt NC http://www.finefurnituremaker.net/

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 03:15 AM

excellent !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 03:33 AM

Beautiful piece….really like the finish

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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planeBill

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#7 posted 07-15-2012 07:37 PM

I have to tell you that I really love the stain. Sweet work.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#8 posted 07-16-2012 12:27 AM

planeBill-Thanks, and really love the colonial red dye you used on your wall rack.

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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