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Sapele Ottoman

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Turbochief Turbochief, member
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This Ottoman was designed with a bit of Asian flair to suit the style preferences of a family member. It is solid African Sapele wood all around with the exception of Alder used for internal corner blocking. The stock is 7/8 inch plus thick and the leg through tenons are pinned in the upper arms for long term strength. The pillow plug and bar apron trim are Wenge. Overall dimensions are 30 inches wide by 27 inches deep by 16 inches high for the frame and 19 inches to the top of the slip seat cushion. The slip seat uses a Baltic Birch platform and 5 inches of urethane foam. It sits upon a double layer of large corner blocks which also tie the frame together. These allow for knockdown construction since the long aprons have stub tenons which fit into leg mortises and the screwed-in corner blocks keep everything tight and square.

Since an ottoman is subject to some regular abuse from being moved and from shoe scuffs I decided to avoid a film finish and to make it easily repairable. I went with Watco Danish Oil with multiple coatings, steel wool in between, and then several coats of furniture wax.


Design or Plan used: My Own Design - Asian style Ottoman

posted in: Reader's Gallery, tenons, asian inspired, sapele, danish oil, chair ottoman


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