LOW, DEEP & LAID BACK

The Woodworker|June 2020

LOW, DEEP & LAID BACK
Liam Barclay takes matters into his own hands as he builds a striking sculpted sofa in oak to his own personal specifications
Liam Barclay

MATERIALS & TOOLS REQUIRED

Materials

American white oak

Pine for the slats

M6 insert nuts & connector bolts

Wood glue

Danish oil

Tools

Table, mitre, circular, jig & hand saws

Drill & bits

Domino jointer

Screwdrivers & spanners

Clamps

Angle grinder fitted with Kutzall carving disc

Planes & spokeshave

Files, rasps & sander

Measuring tape, squares & angle gauges

Safety glasses & dust mask

The latest project I attempted, in the pursuit of making everything I can for my flat, is the sculpted oak sofa shown here. This piece was designed with geometry to fit what I consider to be a comfortable sofa: low, deep and laid back. The angular legs and sculpted arms give it an aggressive stance, and simple grey upholstery is used to complement the modern look as well as drawing the eye to the wooden frame.

It is made from American white oak and took a few months to design and build, as I worked on the project in my spare time.

Please note that the build blog and rough plans, including dimensions for each of the sofa components, can be found on my website, details of which are given at the end of this article.

Base & back

The rails of the base were constructed by measuring and ripping planks to the correct length. The front rail was cut square, but the rear had to be cut with a bevel of 27° to align with the angle the rear foot splays out at.

The back support consisted of an upper and lower rail, separated by three spacers. These were again ripped to length with a bevel. A Domino jointer was used to cut tenons and the pieces were then glued together. Due to the bevelled edges, scrap wood was clamped along the rails to give a square edge to clamp across the joint (see diagrams shown on website).

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