Posted: Nov 11, 2015 10:54 am
by Adco
Not really technical or engineering but it is a project, so here goes.

My first attempt at an oval Ottoman. I needed to fill a space in our newly extended bedroom. (another project that can I can show if anyone is interested). The dimensions are 1400mm x 900mm and 500mm high. Large and heavy!

I've done lots of square and rectangle ones but not oval. The challenge was making the side supports. I ended up using a flexible board and flat pieces of wood as I went along. The ends with the sharper curves are constructed from flat wood. Almost like stacking a lot of dominoes. The more gentle curves are made from Masonite.

This piece is the top of the base. The lid sits on top and can be removed to make it a large storage box. Good for cushions, blankets etc. The piece that got cutout fit back onto the lid so that the lid locates in exactly the correct position.

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I used a simple string method to draw the shape. Found a cool site that is useful for drawings and formulas. Enter the dimensions, nail into place, cut a piece of string and then carefully draw out the oval.

This is the base already covered. I never took a pic of it uncovered. You can see the flat pieces of wood that support the top and bottom.


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Lid with buttons position being decided. Not easy to get the ideal positions because of the shape.

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Just need to drill holes, secure batting and foam and then material.