Step 27: Final notes
In case you didn't notice, this Instructable is a little longer than average. Obviously, this can be attributed to the highly customizable nature of a project such as a futon. I encourage you, if you are comfortable, to make this project your own by customizing in ways both big and small.
I don't have the necessary software to do this myself, but if anyone who decides to build this wants to draw up plans and cutouts and post them up, I'm sure the community would be very grateful.
Although the design I presented here is certainly college dorm-worthy, I'll be the first to say that there are plenty of improvements that could probably be made. The folding mechanism could use a little work to remove sag, and the joints could be strengthened. I highly encourage anyone with the know-how (or the power tools) to improve on this design to give it a shot and post up your results in the comments.
However, for a beginner project that can basically be built in a single weekend with mostly hand tools, I think I've accomplished what I set out to accomplish: it's sturdy, cheap, comfortable, and will easily last years. I also think that this is a good intro project for woodworking. I know I certainly learned a lot.
I'd like to thank the following people/websites/places:
- PBS, Norm Abrams, and the New Yankee Workshop for helping me kill countless hours during my childhood learning about biscuit joints.
- http://www.futonlife.com/buying-guide/The-Futon-Plan.aspx for being one of the few futon plans readily available on the internet.
- http://ask.metafilter.com/69067/How-can-I-make-a-futon-mattress-for-100-or-less for getting me started down the right path in regards to the cushion.
- IKEA for letting me hang around futons all day.
Comments are welcome, but do keep in mind I am not a carpenter, nor do I claim expertise in anything I have done in this project. This is: the single largest project I have ever done; the first real woodworking project I've ever done; and the first Instructable I've ever done. Please go easy. I've proof-read this I'ble over at least 5 times, but if you find any mistakes, please let me know ASAP so I can correct it.
I hope you enjoyed the project.
- Disco Stu