Morris Chair #8: OK. Don't get lazy now! You're almost there.

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Blog entry by Luddite posted 02-23-2015 01:03 AM 2014 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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22 Feb. 2015

Well, the weather changed here. Went from a high of 70 to 81 this past week. I almost broke out in a sweat…..
The desert flowers are just opening. The shop cats are very interested in the few little lizards sunning by the shop door.

So enough on the weather. This past week seemed like forever. I decided to do some more inlays on the chairs. We went to the gem and mineral show. My first time after 40 years. It was interesting to say the least. I also did the chair backs.

Some chairs I’ve seen had non-curved backs. The ones I made years back did. So, I decided to do the same. Gluing up pieces of cherry I milled out blanks 2inch square. Using the band saw, with a new ‘band’, I cut, formed and sanded the the back rails. Luckily I had kept my old template for the curved back.

Next was to mortise the back stiles and make the hole for the back pivot.

Once the backs were fabricated I borrowed some cushions from our earlier chairs and decided to do a test flight.

Pretty exciting idea though the cat Tiger, famed for his first Morris Chair flight, refused to be involved. I had to find the only fool I knew who would risk total back failure should the chair collapse.

Testing was completed. I then went about putting mesquite caps and plugs on the arm pieces. and doing inlays.

A fragment of meteorite from Campo Del Cielo meteorite field, Argentina. This is set on the top of a front post for the ‘sitter’ to enjoy.

Next steps are to finish the through tenon caps and the remainder of the peg holes. I’d pinned all the tenons this past week as well. Time now for lots of finishing.

I’m almost starting to like this project.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 02-24-2015 01:02 AM

Boy that meteorite and turquoise really set off those arms! This chair will truly be unique!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 01:23 PM

Thanks Mean_Dean. I couldn’t pass up the chance but definitely have a fallback plan if the client isn’t happy!

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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