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About 4 years after making a Morris Chair, I finally got the matching ottoman complete.

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It took about two weeks to complete, mostly waiting on the sewing. My supplier had some nice QSWO to pick
through and the results were decent considering I didn’t conduct any fleck enhancing finishing processes. The leather and finish are slightly off from the chair, but only if you look somewhat closely, esp since it’s a separate piece. I hope it’ll even out more as it sits in sunlight.
Making this gave me my first chance to use my new 1 1/2 HP Grizzly mortiser machine. I got some good Japanese HSS chisels for it and after a couple adjustments, I was grinding out through-mortises easily.

Without a doubt, a Morris Chair is never complete without an ottoman. The chair was 50% usable before; now it’s 100% naturally comfortable.

Thanks for looking.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#1 posted 02-27-2010 09:11 PM

excellent piece ! the quarter sawn grain really jumps out at ya. thru mortised, or faux mortised cross members?

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 09:21 PM

4 years you let Morris bachelor, and now only you get the mate… you’re so cruel Troy…!
Seriously, it is beautiful piece and really match the earlier mate you made.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 09:35 PM

Hi troy! Very nice ottman!

Robin Renee’

-- Robin Renee'

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 09:46 PM

Aurora, they are all thru mortises. The machine made it easy. The ray flecks were a lucky find in the lumber pile for sure. I was drooling as I drove home with all those boards.

Woodworm, I should’ve mentioned that, of the 4 years in between projects, I was physically gone from home during a couple combat tours for a total of about 2.5 years. Also moved a home during that time and preparing to deploy inherently eats up time also. I still felt bad about waiting so long though. I hope the chair forgives me

Thanks Robin!

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 10:00 PM

Notottoman, I totally forgot to write about the cushion. You are completely correct that leather is a must for a project like this. It took a while to find any one in town that would even entertain sewing leather. We finally found someone, Michiko, an 80 year old Asian woman who is a sewing wizard. She did the cushions for the chair and ottoman WITH piping too. We had “fun” arguing about dimensions and material amount cause she wasn’t familiar with the pattern I provided from the plan. It was insanely difficult to get her to understand, but she finally got it and did an awesome job.
If you are ever bored or feel the need to be challenged, go argue with an 80 year old Asian woman. I now have a 2nd degree black belt in oriental senior citizen verbal jujitsu.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#6 posted 02-27-2010 10:47 PM

Beautiful work!

-- John

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 11:30 PM

Looks wonderful Troy. I’ll bet it will darken quite a bit over time. My wife loves that kind of stuff.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 02-28-2010 02:56 AM

looks good man

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matt garcia

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 05:19 AM

Very nice!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 05:38 AM

Ditto – Very Nice!

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#11 posted 02-28-2010 06:19 AM

Great work. What finish did you use?

-- MW |

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Tim Pursell

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#12 posted 02-28-2010 11:23 AM

I think you’re right, the ottoman is required to make a Morris chair complete.
Thanks for the heads up about Asian, female octogenarians. Can I call you for advise if I run into a similar situation?
I really do plan on building a set like yours. Thanks for posting.


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#13 posted 02-28-2010 01:20 PM

Very Nice.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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