The Tiny House Couch

I’m just going to call it a blog writing hiatus. It isn’t that we haven’t been working on the tiny house religiously, it’s more that we are at a place where there are a lot of “almost-dones”.

The kitchen shelves, the front door, the bathroom, the plumbing, the lighting…all almost done 🙂 Today I can’t take it anymore though, I have to share a sneak peak of one of them- the couch! It’s not even finished and calling it a ‘couch’ feels like I’m doing it a disservice.

It started with a loose conversation about what the couch or bench would look like. You see, the couch is a very unique piece of furniture in this house because not only is it really the main piece of furniture, it doubles as a storage space- concealing our water tank and filtration system.

After a little discussion and maybe a few beers, Kade offered, “Let me build the couch.”

Excited, we said Awesome- yes please! Kade is one hell of a carver and we knew if he made it- it would be beautiful. One thing to note, Kade is a very methodical artist. He truly appreciates the process of making art and this process can’t be rushed. Knowing our deadline and perhaps a little leery of how long it could take we followed our instincts anyway and let Kade do his thing.

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Once he had the shape of the couch figured out, he created a model of it using clay, this helped to make sure he had the proportions right.

Then we glued up a bunch of cherry to make larger sections.

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Next the sections were glued into larger pieces which could then be carved.

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We did have one small (gushing) injury.

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With one half of the couch as a template and the middle section in place, Kalib and Kade began work on the other end.

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Finished and sanded, Kalib applied several coats of Daly’s ProFin satin finish and then the couch was ready to be scribed to the floor and attached.

Daly's ProFin

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With the couch frame glued and screwed, we went to work building the platform for the cushion. A piece of ApplePly would provide sturdiness, which of course we wanted, but also a lot of weight. To “cut-down” on this weight we literally cut holes out of the plywood using a forstner bit, we then routed the edges so the ApplePly layers were visible and the edges were smooth. This took me an entire day. In the end I precisely drilled and routed 34 circles and two hearts into the ApplePly (okay Kalib routed the hearts).

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LOVE this fabric, the picture doesn’t do it justice!

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Stay tuned for the finished piece!

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3 thoughts on “The Tiny House Couch

  1. Wow – very impressive work! A tiny house with big heart ( love the one Kalib did) . Can’t wait to see more updates from your amazing crew.

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