Wednesday, January 17, 2007
a little he built it himself
ok, my first attempt at "a little he built it himself" needs some work. i requested drawings of the platform sofa with cantelevered side table for james and ron. i failed to include the "that other people can understand" clause in that request. i am optimistic that by saturday i will have more explicit instructions, so i do hope you will stay tuned james and ron (and everyone else)! in the mean time, you may be able to decipher some of this with a magnifying glass. the original plan in my head did not have the solid platform to the floor. i wanted it on recessed legs so it would look like the whole thing was floating. then the thought of my 2 children and 3 dogs and the dirt and hair involved with keeping them made me reconsider and enclose the bottom. we built this sofa deep (twin bed deep) which would trap untold volumes of dust bunnies and hair tumbleweeds. the interior frames for the sofa are made of 2x4s and the whole thing is faced in walnut boards that make a frame for the sheets of walnut plywood that make up the seating surface and table surface. there is no frame under the cantilevered side table but because our sofa weighed 5,000lbs it did not tip over. i am sorry i could not deliver the plans today! please come back this weekend! in the meantime you can work on a source for the walnut (or whatever wood). also, if you wanted it to be less expensive you could use poplar instead of walnut and mdf (wear your mask!) instead of plywood and paint or lacquer the whole thing. this mdf version would weigh about 10,000lbs.