Published at Tuesday, 28 August 2018. Ottoman Chair. By Inez Sheppard.
The off cuts were getting trapped between the blade and the fence, so I removed the fence and glued a stopper on the end of my miter fence to get a consistent cut with a shop made tapering jig, I cut a 13 degree angle from the center of The rear leg to the end of the board to ankle the backrest. This same angle is cut on the front legs to add a little style and consistency of form. I started the assembly by taking three long slats and two legs. I used a few quarter inch spacers between the slats to create a consistent, spacing the front and rear legs should be perpendicular to the slats, with their edges. Flush with the miter on the slats.
This chair design allows for a storage compartment under the seat. The bottom can be made from a lightweight panel and cut to fit the opening perfectly. I chose to attach it with metal L brackets, rather than first strips to maximize the storage space rather than drilling a thumb-sized hole to use to lift the seat to access the storage, I decided to use a screw and a simple loop of twine as a quick pull if I change my mind in the future, I can always add a hole later. I hear it is significantly harder to remove a hole. The spacing in between the slats leaves the storage open for all sorts of creepy crawlers.
They can be covered up easily with quarter inch plywood or the off cuts from ripping earlier. After cutting my off cuts to size, I secured them with brad nails. The last step before finishing is to plug the screws. I do this quickly with glue and a dowel.
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