Reclaimed Pine All-Weather Morris Chair Recliner

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Project by TimBridge posted 05-29-2014 06:56 AM 3871 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Morris Chair.

It is made from pine that I got for free from a friend of a friend’s old bookshelf. When I got the wood some of it was badly warped, there were a few screw holes in a bunch of places that I had to plug, and it was discolored from years of use so I pre-sanded everything with 80 grit. Beggars can’t be choosers!

The identifying aspects of a Morris Chair are relatively high armrests, a wide seat, and, most importantly, a reclining backrest with variable positions set by a “support bar”.

I ran into quite a few issues along the way but I had a great time figuring out how to handle them. This was also the first project that I finished with something other than mineral oil or spray lacquer. I learned how truly important and difficult a good finish is to implement.

I have blogged the entire soup-to-nuts process for this project. You can find the first entry of that blog series here:

The blog will take you through the plans I used, all my mistakes, successes, questions, answers, decisions, and rationales for those decisions.

For more and/or better quality build pics than I posted here or in the blog entries, you can check this album:

For more and/or better quality “completed” pics than I posted here or in the blog entries, you can check this album:

Thanks for reading. I’d be happy to answer any any all questions anyone might have. Just post them either here or in one of the blog entries!


-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 07:47 AM

nice proyect! well done!

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 09:00 AM

Something to be proud of. It should get plenty of use this summer.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 09:01 AM

Beautiful work Tim. A really excellent result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 11:55 AM

Very nice Morris chair and very well made nd I am sure it will get lots of use…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 01:03 PM

Great looking chair! Good work.

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 09:45 PM

I love the material and the awesome workmanship.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 05-29-2014 09:48 PM

Nope, beggars can’t be choosers, but they can make nice chairs from old wood.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 12:09 AM


Nice to see the finished product! It looks great—well done!

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

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#9 posted 01-22-2016 10:41 PM

That is a great looking chair!!! Thanks for the Blog it was fun to follow you project!

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#10 posted 05-29-2016 03:47 PM

Very good build . Did you have plans or was it a make it up as you go project?

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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