|Project by Dave G||posted 12-22-2013 12:56 AM||1340 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
I made this about 5 years ago to fill some time I had. Little did I know it would be my favorite project ever. It was all fun! I dug up some plans after a bit of research. If you need to know I’ll dig it up again with much less effort this time. Then I used nothing but “shorts” discount wood for the first time on a project. Red oak. Nearly all furniture can use 4 feet or less for 30% discount, with no loss of quality. The arm is bowed using laminations clamped over an mdf form. They were resawed 3/16” pieces from quarter sawn red oak. I ran them through the thickness planer using a piece of melamine laid into the planer to get the smoothness right. I used slow set Titebond II (should have used resin glue) but so far no creeping noticed after 5 years. The rest was an exercise in sawing, mortising and scraping. I finished it with poly to make it tough enough to handle beer bottles and snacks. I also had unexpected fun getting the leather and getting it upholstered. New England has lots of old tanneries, mostly defunct. I found one in Ipswich that was still selling off its remnants. (They make canvas belts now). I bought some red dyed purse leather. Then I found a great little upholstery shop that makes house calls to pick up the furniture and they did a perfect job. All round very fun project. Especially now I get to sit in it and hit it with beer bottles and snacks.
-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff