Throwback to the '60S
Home South Africa|October/November 2021
Make a stylish retro couch upholstered with cheerful outdoor fabric for your stoep.
Deon de Goede and Shelly Bergh

For the seat, you will need

SHOPPING LIST

• 18mm plywood, cut to: one 1 800 X 660mm piece (seat) one 1 800 x 390mm piece, with one long edge cut at 13° (backrest) four 640 x 470mm pieces (armrest sides)

•22 x 69mm planed pine, cut to: two 1 800mm lengths (seat frame, front and back) two 618mm lengths (seat frame, sides) two 680mm lengths, both ends cut at 45° (armrests, top) four 490mm lengths, one end cut at 45° (armrests, front and back) one 1 840mm length, both ends cut at 45° (top of backrest) two 410mm lengths, one end cut at 45° (sides of backrest)

• 22 x 95mm planed pine, cut to: two 660mm lengths (seat sides) one 1840mm length (front of seat) 69 x 69mm planed pine, cut to four 350mm lengths (legs) one packet 6mm x 50mm chipboard screws

• one packet 8mm x 40mm chipboard screws

• Alcolin Fast Set Glue

• 150-grit sandpaper wood filler

TOOLS

• cordless drill and 3mm drill bit

• pencil tape measure saw

• try square

• wood clamps

• 150-grit sandpaper

PROJECT NOTE

Look out for retro legs at your local second-hand store or flea market then you can skip step 2.

PROJECT GUIDE FOR SEAT

Hard labour 5/10

Skill level 4/10

Time needed 1 to 2 hours

Do it yourself for + R2 500: wood R2 400, screws R40, glue R40, sandpaper R20 (paint excluded)

Make the seat...

1 Screw the two 1 800mm and two 618mm sides of the seat frame to the long and short sides of the seat.

2 We cut the legs at a slight angle for a retro look. Measure and mark 70mm from one end of the leg on the long side, then measure and mark 40mm on the short side at the other end of the leg and join the two marks as a cutting guideline. Tip If you're using a table saw, place the leg on top of an offcut, with the guideline flush with the edge of the offcut. Mark the shape of the leg on the offcut and cut this out as a template. Use this template to guide the legs through the table saw at the correct angle.

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