Morris Chair

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Blog series by PPK updated 05-17-2017 05:04 PM 5 parts 6690 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: Morris Chair Design and Cut out parts

02-28-2017 04:26 PM by PPK | 8 comments »

Here I’m going to outline the method I am taking to build myself a Morris Chair. I’ve been wanting to have one of these because I really like the look and the comfort, but also because I want to learn some new techniques, especially upholstery. I know there are a number of other blogs on building a Morris Chair, but they are all different, and everyone has their own unique ways of building. So here’s mine! I am not using a plan, per se. I have been looking at lots of pic...

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Part 2: Dye and Assembly

03-16-2017 08:34 PM by PPK | 4 comments »

I’m excited about my progress, small though it may be, so here’s another post. I am using Behlen alcohol based analine dye to make the color of the walnut look more uniform. I dyed almost all the parts before assembly for two reasons: 1, it dries super fast, and its easier to do small areas at a time. 2, I didn’t want the hickory slats to get dyed. Then, I glued up the chair sides. I used hide glue. On the last shot, I had not wiped the gl...

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Part 3: Chair back, pegs & final dye touch ups

04-13-2017 04:59 PM by PPK | 4 comments »

Its about time I throw up a few more pictures. I’ve got my chair completely built from a chair standpoint. The upholstery is yet to come. I finished dying the arms and touched up the dye. The tenon caps got glued in. I made tenons on the stretchers (of the chair back) and mortised the uprights. They were dyed and assembled next. I pegged the joints on the chair back and on the rest of the chair. My method for making pegs involves a drill, s...

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Part 4: Upholstery - Seat

04-27-2017 04:18 PM by PPK | 6 comments »

First off, all credit is due fellow Lumber Jock pintodeluxe, who’s tutorial I copied many ideas from. Thanks Pinto! I built a frame from Hickory. I chose hickory, because it is really tough stuff. The frame gets a lot of tension from the webbing pulling on it, getting sat on, etc. It turned out well, and there was zero discernable deflection after I stretched the webbing over it. I used half lap joints, and added corner blocks to make it even stronger. Next, I start...

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Part 5: Back Cushion Upholstery and Finish

05-17-2017 05:04 PM by PPK | 3 comments »

I’m in the home stretch now. I don’t have pictures of this, but I cut out 2 pieces of leather for the cushion, in the exact same way as the seat cushion. Squares cut out of the corners. I then sewed up the corners with a blind stitch. The front and back are still separate. Then I prepared to sew the zipper on. I sewed the front and back sides together with my usual 1/2” seam allowance, blind stitch. Then I flattened the seam as much as possible and placed the zippe...

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