Stickley 406 Bow arm Morris chair #1: In the beginning there was nothing...

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Blog entry by ceshelman posted 01-07-2022 03:19 AM 993 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I headed to the local hardwood store to pick up some quarter sawn white oak. After picking through the stacks to find the right pieces and spending most of my grandchildren’s inheritance, I headed home with a bit of 4/4, LOTS of 6/4 and a fair amount of 8/4.

Having never build a Morris Chair before, I am working from a 2012 Fine Woodworking article by Gregory Paolini. The article is a good starting point but leaves a lot to be figured out on your own. I am also adding a foot stool to the project. If all goes right, it shoudl look like this:

After I got the wood home, I rough cut the wood and got ready to start jointing and planing. I THOUGHT I bought more lumber than I needed. Turns out I purchased the exact amount needed. I could have optimized the cut layout a bit, but not much.

Now that the lumber is milled to size, time to start making a chair. First thing to go together is the legs. They are 3 pieced of wood laminated together with a veneer covering the joints to give you edge grain on all four sides. Did I mention that I had JUST enough wood for the project. Well, that was not quite true. I didnt have enough for all three pieced for the legs so I used red oak for the middle pieced, except for the top few inches which will be an exposed tenon.

Did the leg glue ups in pairs as front and back are different lengths. Worked out well.

After the initial glue up was done trimmed them to size and added the veneers to the sides with exposed joints. Then to the jointer and planer to level the edges and square them up.

Next, on to the corbels. I did these next because… well…. I wanted to. No particular reason. After mustering all my 35 year old high school drafting skills, I drew up a pattern and transfer it to some scraps I was able to find. Used the band saw to rough cut them.

Then off to the oscillating spindle sander to finish them up.

Thats it for this installment. Next installment, laying out the mortise and tenons for the footrest.

-- “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 01-07-2022 11:51 AM

Welcome to LJ. Good start on the chair.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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