Throne for Joseph I, Emperor of Courland

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Project by Hibernicvs posted 10-26-2007 06:11 PM 2078 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are photos of a 3/4-size morris chair I made 1) to see if I could do it, and 2) encourage my business associate’s grandson to read a book once in a while instead of playing Gameboy all the time. It was his combination birthday and Christmas present. I used mortise and tenon joinery, and the material is white pine 2×4s and 2×6s, finished with polycrylic, which is what Joseph’s father requested. It took me months to find someone who would cut foam for the cushions, and if it hadn’t been for someone who gave me her old sewing machine, I’d still be looking for someone to make the slip covers. (The rest of the story: he still doesn’t read much, even after I added a miniature bookrack of which I forgot to take pictures, and his mother has taken over the chair. Oh, well.)

-- Hibernicvs

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#1 posted 10-26-2007 06:14 PM

Despite appearances, my photography is a little better that what it looks like above. You have to enlarge the photos to re-attached the decapitated head and see my hand in the middle shot. (What a thrill, no doubt.)

-- Hibernicvs

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#2 posted 10-26-2007 09:39 PM

I thought you were going to say that he now plays Gameboy from the chair. :-)

Nice job, though!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-26-2007 10:02 PM

I love it! – Nicely done and great idea!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#4 posted 10-27-2007 02:26 AM

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 10-27-2007 02:28 AM

Great chair!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 10-27-2007 04:23 PM

morris is the them this morning—-3rd one posted—-all from different people and all completely different chairs—-that is why wood working is soooo amazing…such a creative art form…great looking chair!!! As a teacher I want to say thank you and applaud you for your efforts…

One suggesion—-send him a book or magazine in the mail on a monthly basis—-my sister has two grown daughters and instead of sending her a birthday present this year she decided to do something envronmentally friendly and send us a monthly b-day present which is to send 2-3 of her daughters old animal magazines to us—-my four year old LOVES getting a monthly package and we sit down together and look at all the pictures each month…

Keep it positive…he will read…

great job on the chair!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 10-27-2007 04:32 PM

Great job. The chairs look great. and it was a double gift. two people enjoy it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 10-27-2007 07:00 PM

Neat! Might have to attempt a quarter scale one for my Grandson. Since he can’t sit up just yet, I might just have time to finish.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 10-29-2007 01:20 PM

Yar. I was going to send him regular installments of reading material, but his grandmother said she would handle that part of it—and came through on her end of the deal. She has an uncanny knack for picking out just the right book … which hasn’t yet managed to wean His Majesty off of Gameboy. I suggested to his father (who is a marvelous woodworker) to start teaching him some of the basics—I’m self-taught, both of my very skilled grandfathers dying and living too far away to teach me anyway—but so far I haven’t made any headway. To be honest, Papa is busy, in the midst of a career change, so I just keep making subtle suggestions at this point. His grandfather is Jewish, and has a great respect for the Jewish tradition that everybody learn a trade as well as get an education (his own grandfather was one of the last blacksmiths on the east coast), so I’ve got support from both paternal grandparents, but you can’t force woodworking (or anything else) down somebody’s throat … and I just realized what that sounded like.

-- Hibernicvs

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#10 posted 11-20-2007 05:05 AM

This is a great project!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 11-20-2007 02:11 PM

Thank you! I’ve got two full-size ones cut out waiting final shaping, sanding, and assembly (to say nothing of the finish), but the Holidays have interfered with my fun. Also, I made the mistake of starting to re-read de Tocqueville, and you actually have to think about what you’re reading when you read him instead of a murder mystery or something.

-- Hibernicvs

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