This Week in the Shop: Don’t Touch My Blue Suede Chair
A quick sawdust update:
I’ve been working finishing up a personal project this week and doing a little legwork for my next piece. In May, two friends of mine became married to each other. I got to see them meet, watch them fall in love and stand up and give a hell yeah! at the wedding while wearing an uncomfortable rental tux. I decided to celebrate with a chair. The results so far:
Lowe’s provided the legs and various hardware pieces, while I scrounged up about five yards of blue suede from the local fabric shop. I salvaged the stuffed chair base from an old, expensive office chair. This project turned into an excellent learning opportunity. I learned to iron, upholster, fit & cut patterns and most importantly, I learned my wife could sew. She’s kept her talents hidden from me for six years!
I still have enough fabric for an ottoman, although this week’s heat wave has kept me out of the shop for two days. More pictures & a dedicated project post when this clears my outbox.
I also did a little designing. My much better half has given me permission to build a Craftsman-style couch to match out armchair. The CAD rendering looks like this:
It’s a modified version of Stickley’s No. 220 “Prairie” couch. I downloaded the model from Highland Woodworking’s collection via the 3-D Warehouse and changed the panel into the ellipse motif. The ellipse panel is repeated on the back. All comments welcome.
Make it safe & keep the rubber side down.