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Morris chair restoration #5: Assembly: I might be considered square, but this chair certainly wasn’t.

11-11-2019 09:59 PM by lightweightladylefty | 4 comments »

Absolutely nothing was even close to square. The left side of the front rail was ¼” taller than the right side. The legs (front and back) were not square to the frame. You can see that the cushion frame is crooked as it attaches to the wooden framework. The back horizontal piece was too twisted to retain so I replaced that part. The arms, spindles, and carved parts of the chair were oak, but the remainder is a conglomeration of other woods, although mostly maple. The seat por...

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Morris chair restoration #4: The seat cushion

11-11-2019 09:14 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

The seat cushion was really delightful. A couple of separate foam cushions had been added to the chair to make it usable when I was a child, but this is how it looked now. It’s hard to imagine anyone could sit on this with the padding nearly disintegrated and untied springs protruding! After detaching the legs and removing the original upholstery, this is what remained. In the front the undulated wire which held the springs was badly bent; in the back it was completely broken. N...

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Morris chair restoration #3: The back cushion

11-11-2019 09:00 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

I removed the mid-20th-century gray marble vinyl to reveal more of the chair’s history. The top cushion’s original upholstery which was under the gray marble vinyl appeared to be an early attempt at Naugahyde – almost like a painted coating on the fabric. The back cushion’s springs were in good shape. The original straw and cotton was in pretty good shape, too, but I decided not to recycle any of it. So I retied the springs and reinforced the back with two strips of wood . . . ...

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Morris chair restoration #2: The frame

11-11-2019 08:37 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

The wooden frame was much worse than I had realized. Boards had been nailed to the bottom to keep the springs from falling through. The burlap was recycled from a Burlington, Wisconsin Murphy Products feed sack which still had a portion of the label attached to it. You can also see that a rough piece of lath across the front inside had been screwed to the front legs to hold the legs together. Initially, I thought I could simply take the four main chair sections apart. I redrilled the ho...

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Morris chair restoration #1: I may have bit off more than I can chew

11-11-2019 08:08 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

Disclaimer: Please be aware that just because I have documented this journey does not mean that I have a clue about what I’m doing. Note: The chair is now finished but I decided to document my journey in a blog rather than posting all these photos with the final project. [I tried to put sections together in a way that would be understandable and not necessarily in the order in which I tackled the project.] When I was a kid, I remember napping in this Morris chair at my grandpar...

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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #8: finished...

12-18-2018 06:41 PM by TigerTed | 2 comments »

I covered the sanded/planed chair with plastic and put some household ammonia in a pan. Repeated that a couple times and got some brown color. Next, I used a darker shellac sanding lightly between coats. A dark wax was applied and rubbed out. Made a poplar frame that the upholstery guy decided not to use..

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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #6: Start on the back

12-18-2018 05:48 PM by TigerTed | 0 comments »

The back slats will be curved. First we need the distance between tenons. The stile of the back are milled and with locating hole assemble to the chair with a pin. A mock up straight section tenon was made. Next we need a form to glue the back slats. Two curved forms were made with the bandsaw. Between the forms at spacers that allow us to clamp and accommodate the various slat heights. That assembly is mounted to a piece of plywood. Everything has thin foam sheet to prevent slat...

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Blogging instead of Woodworking #21: At Last, a Morris Chair, Part 2 (final)

06-23-2016 04:25 PM by Douglas | 0 comments »

I just posted up part 2 of the Morris chair build on my blog, going into finishing and upholstery. The exciting conclusion with lots of pictures. LJ’s Project page here. blog entry at http://dcwwoodworks.com/blog/2016/6/23/at-last-a-morris-chair-part-2-final Thanks for looking.

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

02-23-2015 01:03 AM by Luddite | 2 comments »

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 ...

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Morris Chair #7: Still wrestling with the wood devils.

02-14-2015 02:11 PM by Luddite | 4 comments »

14 Feb 2015 Much further along the project of no return.Sanding and some oiling with gluing up the base unit and arms. Seems it was a bit anti-climatic when making the arms. Now, that’s OK with me. Even though they do look a little frankenstein like it was a good recovery and taught me some new skills and ideas! I did use some black dyed epoxy to fill in some small gaps but does look good. After sanding and some oiling I’ve assembled the first baseframe. I’m quit...

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