Time to Stretch my Jute!
I’ve been sitting on a set of lounge chair projects for going on 4 months now that are going unused in my study. They may look familiar to some, as they are copies of the Thos. Moser Winward Lounge Chair. I’ve built mine from some sweet sapele, versus the cherry/walnut Moser offers. They are pretty much done, with exception to the upholstery. I don’t have the equipment to take the task of cushions, but I did want to assemble something decent for the cushion supports. I could go with simply supporting a piece of baltic birch plywood, but the effort I put into these two chairs, including 178 mortise and tenon joints, deserved a little extra.
I’ve built out some 2″ wide x 1″ thick maple stretcher frames (from left-over maple from my recent Roubo build), joined with mortise and tenon joints and purchased a 70 yd. x 3 1/2″ wide red roll of jute tape, along with my newset tool addition – a goose neck jute stretcher from DIY Upholstery Supply. Watching a few how-to videos online made it seem easy enough, so I’m broadening my furniture making horizons this weekend. The jute tape will be stretched taught in a cross-weave pattern. It is designed to be firm enough to support 200+ lbs, but allow for plenty of give when you sit on the cushion.
Sure I could have paid a little extra for a professional to build these components, but then I wouldn’t have been able to say, “I built that too.”, and isn’t that why we’re doing this kind of stuff in the first place?