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Victorian Couch~A theater project years ago

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Project by JAGWAH posted 08-29-2012 at 02:17 PM 2159 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many years ago I landed a job as a Stagecraft Supervisor at a local community college. Working for the college and teaching Stagecraft was the most fun 3 years of my carpenter life.

This play, Inspector Hound, needed a couch that was at least 7” long to allow an actor to lay behind it on the floor. I have never built upholstererd furniture much less furniture like this but I knew I had many little skill sets that I could reshuffle to aid me in this task.

I desided to build the armature like I might a boat using many ribs. And stripped it out to give further shape. The plywood bottom and framing worked together like a torsion box giving strength.

Do you like the Hound touch on the couches back rail?

As to the fabric work, well that was by the seat of me briches. This may not have been built perfectly but in the theater it just has to sell itself in the first 30 seconds after the curtain goes up and not physically fail during the play.

We traveled this play to Durant,Ok where we won a contest among other state colleges for best play and myself for set design. (pat on back)

Just thought you guys might like to see this. Just doing my part to spice up the site with woodworking.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~





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grizzman

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 at 05:49 PM

wowzers bob, by the seat of yer briches is pretty dang good, its bolstered my confidence a bit, as i could use a new love seat, but well you know, same story most have…no green backs , but, there is hope…do you wanna come down to bamy for a side job…lol….i hire those who work for food…lol…...really great job you did…sprucing up the site is going quite well…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 08-29-2012 at 06:03 PM

I do liike the hound touch on the couch’s back rail, but then we have 4 dogs ! I’d say you did super well for something this difficult for a newcomer to it.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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JAGWAH

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#3 posted 08-29-2012 at 06:23 PM

Thanks MC , I learned a long time ago that most difficult things to build were more a worry of heart than skill. I just put my trust in the two hands I got from my Dad, that he got from his. They do pretty good.

GRIZZ, with work so slow and the last of my reserves dwindling working for grub ain’t a bad idea. But if a few talkers of late come through with what they want done I may be able to eat through this eletion cycle. After that, depending on the outcome, I may not want to eat.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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grizzman

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#4 posted 08-29-2012 at 06:51 PM

well bob, i hope your talkers and my talkers do accomplish what you want and need…....but its really hard for me to understand how you would not want to eat what the grizzman fixes, i wear more then one hat around here..you can look into my blogs and see the other hat…bon appetite ..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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JAGWAH

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#5 posted 08-29-2012 at 07:53 PM

For the theater smarties the mylar covered back drom is a special designed periaktoi which Iam proud of designing. A periaktoi is a 3 sided rotating backdrop. It’s more the way I made it work that I am proud, here’s a quickie sketch.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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lightweightladylefty

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#6 posted 08-30-2012 at 03:22 AM

I think you did a fantastic job on your first couch. It certainly beats my first one, but there are some similarities. Mine was actually a loveseat which I made using a great deal of plywood. Even with all the foam, it was still horrendously uncomfortable. Since then I’ve learned from reupholstering several chairs that springs and jute webbing make things a whole lot more comfortable.

Your couch is perfect for its application: it didn’t need to be comfortable for a lifetime!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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JAGWAH

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#7 posted 08-30-2012 at 03:26 AM

L/W, thanks and I promise you it wasn’t comfy, but it was a success for it’s purpose.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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