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Deano2002

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Building a sofa
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:47:08 PM »
when we bought this older motorhome, we purchased a inexpensive (300.00) jack knife sofa at 77" long. It was always to tight up to the drivers seat which made turning the drivers seat very hard to turn around for seating let alone side ways to make it easier to get in, it was very uncomfortable sitting or laying on it due to the cheap quality. We looked around for something near 60" long but, didn't find anything we liked, don't like the synthetic leather looking material that is so popular now days. I tossed the jackknife one out the door and had a nice lady that does high end upholstery work, who made our dinette cushions and reupholstered the chair that's by the entry door . Now it time to make the base of this thing that will incorporate two drawers underneath for blankets and linens. The issue I am having is deciding on using the curved wood spring slats or the zig zag furniture springs. I am wondering if any of you have built a similar project using either of these that I have mentioned. The cushions are 7 1/2" thick so there's plenty of cushion but still needs some spring action to feel like a real sofa. Let me know your experiences. Check out the two links for the 2 types:

https://www.google.com/search?q=zig+zag+furniture+springs&safe=active&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiJlY6w287ZAhUIyoMKHeoJDbYQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1366&bih=637#imgrc=xoPdfg4zP9grFM:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60160217/
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retusn

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2018, 08:59:34 PM »
Dean,   I am suffering from the same bad couch/bed.  The material is not that good.  The sofa is not comfortable.  Mine in 69 inches.  We are going this sunday to look for something that will fit in regular furniture stores.  Otherwise, I will be atempting to build/rebuilt or do something with this bad sofa/bed.  I will be following this.  Also, pls keep us updated.

Thanks, Bob

Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 08:25:11 PM »
will do
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 07:39:28 AM »
here's the cushions that were made for  us, I don't know how to shrink to the allowable file size or do this without a link, sorry.  (http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180301_191057_resized_zpswmceraom.jpg)
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2018, 10:07:02 PM »
Haven't got too far on the sofa other than cutting up the face frame material but, I did make a new Corian top for the bath and put in a vessel sink only, because I was very limited in the sink size with a 16" deep top. The kitchen I made last year. Getting anxious to getting the new floor, dinette booth and sofa in. If anyone can post these pics the real way, be my guest, not too good at that
(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180402_210941_zpsyaug7ntd.jpg)(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180329_174455_zpszcs9qglz.jpg)
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wiredgeorge

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2018, 11:42:07 AM »
Dean,   I am suffering from the same bad couch/bed.  The material is not that good.  The sofa is not comfortable.  Mine in 69 inches.  We are going this sunday to look for something that will fit in regular furniture stores.  Otherwise, I will be atempting to build/rebuilt or do something with this bad sofa/bed.  I will be following this.  Also, pls keep us updated.

Thanks, Bob

Bob, I have a separate post in this forum on exactly the same issue.  My door is a bit under 24" so need something 68" long but will come apart enough to get through the door.  Really hoping to find a reclining love seat.  Our sofa bed is miserable to lounge on to watch tv.   Please reply to my post in the other thread of this one regarding what you find.  One other fella put a Lazyboy recliner love seat in his unit but he has been on in ages to ask him about it. 

Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 11:09:55 PM »
I have started to make a little headway on the sofa, decided not to make it a sleeper. Two good size drawers on the bottom, I guess my grandson will have to sleep in the dinette booth conversion. The bed slats from Ikea work just fine giving a decent amount of spring. (http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180418_211623_zps0rvnxp7z.jpg)(http://i494.photobucket.com/albums/rr302/saltyguy52/20180418_211506_zpsnhfbwdja.jpg)
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2018, 08:35:03 PM »
sofa frame ready for stain.
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2018, 08:40:45 PM »
gluing solid edge on the 1/2" plywood end;
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2018, 08:45:48 PM »
construction
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2018, 08:49:25 PM »
more build;
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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2018, 03:08:43 PM »
nice, and interesting timing for me....

I've been thinking for some time about swapping our air mattress sleeper sofa out for a jacknife or futon, so it's easier to fold out for kids to sleep on.  Our fake vinyl is coming apart so I either need to replace it or re-upholster it.  Never considered building one....hmmmm....

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for the last couple weeks I've been toying with the idea of replacing or rebuilding the bench that goes across the stern of my runabout boat.  It's essentially a sofa and the wood base is shot.  Been looking at pontoon boat furniture but nothing exactly the right size...  don't really want to build one, but have been thinking about it...

looking forward to seeing more of your build!
Brad (DW + 3 kids)
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catblaster

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2018, 06:48:09 PM »
Nice work Deano, I just have the patience to work with wood. Now if I could weld one up our of stainless or aluminum thats a different story but wood is just beyond my skill set.
Will and Jane
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2018, 08:20:55 PM »
Nice work Deano, I just have the patience to work with wood. Now if I could weld one up our of stainless or aluminum thats a different story but wood is just beyond my skill set.
Ah but, wood is forgiving can be cut and sanded easily. If you can fabricate out of steel you can do the same with wood :)
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2018, 08:23:20 PM »
stained up and, ready for several coats of lacquer, then on to the drawer boxes
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2018, 09:00:32 PM »
getting to work on the dinette booth benches. One has to be scribed to the walls because of 3/8" out of plumb. The other side should be straight forward, I don't know if you can tell but, the back of it (clamped up one) is quarter sawn red oak, other than quarter sawn white oak, it's one of my favorite species of wood.
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2018, 09:03:43 PM »
Nah, can't tell what kind of wood it is, I'll take a better picture once its stained up
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2018, 09:41:51 PM »
was able to get some work done tonight, did a dry fit making sure the cushions fit. This getting older stuff has me second guessing if my measurements were correct.They were :o
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msw3113

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2018, 05:09:33 AM »
Yah, as I age, multiple measurements are a must.

You do nice work, you should be proud.

That is some attractive q/s oak!  Do you source it locally?
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catblaster

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2018, 02:52:35 PM »
Yah, as I age, multiple measurements are a must.



I cut it three times and its still too short !!
Will and Jane
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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2018, 07:07:53 PM »
I once tried to build a sofa for a boat. That's when I discovered there are no straight lines on a boat, and I turned it over to a pro.
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2018, 08:52:34 PM »
Yah, as I age, multiple measurements are a must.

You do nice work, you should be proud.

That is some attractive q/s oak!  Do you source it locally?
believe it or not, Menards special order and only 80 dollars for A2 3/4" veneer core. Should have bought a few for that price so it could sit around in the garage for 10 years. haha
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2018, 08:55:48 PM »
I once tried to build a sofa for a boat. That's when I discovered there are no straight lines on a boat, and I turned it over to a pro.
curves are challenging, lots of scribing and templates, I used to work for a custom stair company in St. Charles, IL. lots of curved work there.
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2018, 06:58:34 PM »
Did a dry fit tonight, with the narrow cabinet between booth and sofa. My wife said the narrow cabinet will be good for shallow pans and cookie sheets :o, sure will be looking for those cookies from now on. Hoped to get this all done this week but, with my 8 year old grandson things are moving slower, but he's well worth it.

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2018, 07:25:35 PM »
we just had to look at the cushions again ;D
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2018, 07:44:35 PM »
My wonderful wife got started with the peel and stick faux tile around the kitchen area walls, looks great hope it hangs on. Wanted to do it the real way but cannot keep adding weight to this old P-30.
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2018, 01:57:54 PM »
My wife and I finished up the kitchen area to day, she did a great job on the tile. I just hung the blinds and paper towel holder back up. Now back to the wood working .
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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2018, 05:44:44 PM »
didn't realize its be a month and a half since I have made any progress on my rebuild. Stained and laquered, next is drawers then th floor and wall paper.

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« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2018, 06:10:25 PM »
Nice job.
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Deano2002

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Re: Building a sofa
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2018, 06:29:02 PM »
I hate the wild grain but, once the table top is there it won't be so noticable. Should have used the quartersawn on those bottom panels, oh well, my wife want's get camping this year sometime and, for me to stop working on this.
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