Morris Inspired Children Chairs

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Project by KellyM posted 01-03-2015 06:14 AM 1266 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy New Year all!

First time poster, long time lurker.

Being a newish father and being at the age when the people around me are starting to have kids, I wanted to build something that kids could grow with, abuse, and still have for the next kid. I also wanted to try my hand at mortise and tenon which is something I’ve never done before. Also Last year for Christmas I received a set of Sweethearts from LeeValley and I needed a reason to own them. So the goal was a Morris style chair, no screws or nails, and cheap (2×4s only).

I started by building a prototype chair (not pictured) using some guidelines for kids chair heights and depths I found online. Once it was clamped up I had my little guy, 1.5 yrs old, sit in it and realized I needed to increase the seat depth, so I adjusted and started batching these out using only a table saw, drill press and chisels.

Hopefully I can accomplish more in 2015 to share with this community. Enjoy

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 01:43 PM

Those are nice chairs, and will hold up to a child’s abuse very well!

Also nice job in making all those round holes square.

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 01:56 PM

Hi Kelly
Welcome to Ljs
These are cool chairs,designing and build chairs can be very challenging.


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#3 posted 01-03-2015 02:31 PM

They are cool looking. Kids love that kind of stuff too. Brings back memories of when I built two chairs for my kids 30 years ago. Still have one.
Welcome to our community.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 10:28 PM

Very nice chairs. Kid’s will love’em!!
Welcome to LJs.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 03:34 AM

Thanks Everyone. I appreciate the welcome.

My own memories of having a growing up with some solid, sturdy helped guide me in this project. Hopefully they are overbuilt enough to take the abuse.

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 03:55 AM


Nice chairs. You did a great job designing and building them.

Any chance of getting a set of plans for them? Would be glad to compensate you if you wish.

Keep up the good work and don’t forget:

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 04:01 AM

Hi Herb, I actually don’t have plans. I drew a side profile on some graph paper to get an idea of proportions and from there I just used relative measurements to build a prototype. The only difference between the 3 pictured and the prototype is the chair back is moved an inch towards the rear on the final version.

That being said, I haven’t fully assembled the prototype and I’d be happy to take additional pictures and share measurements. Just let me know what you’d like to see and I’ll do what I can!

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#8 posted 01-09-2015 02:23 PM

These are adorable I love them. You really did a nice job.


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