SSBO #17: Jeff Morton

17a 17b

I designed the project after looking at ideas on the internet.

The sides of the frame is 30″ tall with a 5-degree angle.  It is 15-1/2″ wide at the base and narrows to 10-1/2″ at the top.

The front and rear are 12-1/2″ wide at top and bottom.

The seat measures 15-1/2″ wide by 12″ deep and 1-3/4″ tall.

The frame is 8/4 maple, assembled with twenty mortise and tenon joints. The angled mortises were created with a 5-degree plywood jig fixture on my drill press.  The mortises were created using a 1″ forstner bit to make the initial cut, then cleaned up with a 3/4″ bench chisel and a 1/4″ mortise chisel. The tenons were cut on the table saw.  After the glue cured on the frame, I routed all edges with a 3/4″ round over bit in a hand-held router.

The top was laminated from 3/4″ birch, 1/2″ walnut and 1/2″ spalted maple.  After curing and trimming to final size, I used a 1/2′ round over bit on my router table to form the sides.  I contoured the seat using an angle grinder with a 60-grit flap wheel and a 5″ random-orbit sander with 60, 100 and 120 grit discs.  While the spalted maple was on top, I wanted to expose the walnut and a bit of the birch for contrast (I think next time I will use 1/4″ thick boards in various species for a more striated look).

The project took 16 hours over Saturday and Sunday and was a great, fun challenge.

This was a great idea… taking a “simple” item and letting people do their own thing.  As seen it has spawned a lot of great designs and builds.  Thanks for a project that was a mental and skill builder.

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