Maple Morris Chair for an Arts & Crafts home

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#1 posted 12-10-2007 07:01 AM

Great Job. It will be interesting to see them finished.

-- 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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#2 posted 12-10-2007 11:10 AM

Nice work. I’ve been putting off starting a Morris chair for some time now. Where did you pick up the plans for yours? Did you find it difficult to build? How tough are the cushions to make?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 12-10-2007 04:09 PM

If I can kibbutz—(oh, yeah—absolutely beautiful work; I’m insanely jealous … or maybe just insane)—when I started making morris chairs, I wasn’t satisfied with any of the plans I found, so I combined three “free” plans, and modified everything with ideas of my own. I worked everything out on paper several times (and then screwed up the drop seat for my prototype four times before I figured out a system that would work in reality), I think I used up two and a half legal pads doing the figuring and drawing (weird looking) plans. But the chairs work, and everybody that comes over immediately stakes out “my” throne … so I’ve got two more in process so that I can sit down, too. With planning (and taking the time and doing it slowly the first time … so you don’t have to do the drop seat four times), they are very easy. I found the plans in the “mission furniture” and Stickley books put out by Dover to be helpful, although they tend to make a LOT of assumptions—which is why I used up so much paper figuring things out when I changed dimensions and materials. The cushions. That’s a saga in itself. I found a foam cutter who could supply me with 6” thick “extra high density” foam (eliminating the need for springs) for the seat and ottoman, and 4” medium density foam for the back. I then had to learn to sew (yeah, right … it’s a good thing all the seams are hidden), used velcro to hold the covers on the cushion—basically I made three big blue “bags” and stuffed the cushions in them with a lot of curse words. The problem is that so much furniture sold today is, er, “double plus ungood,” and isn’t worth reupholstering, so upholsterers are going out of business fast, and it’s hard to find foam suppliers unless you live on the coast where yachtsmen like to have custom cushions made to replace what they lose overboard when they’re drunk. Let me post this, and I’ll get right back with the link for the guys that sold me the foam.

-- Hibernicvs

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#4 posted 12-10-2007 04:11 PM

here’s the link (I hope): They’re right outside Richmond, Virginia, but they ship. I just don’t know how far, maybe it’s on the web site. I didn’t look because I’m right up the road about four hours in northern Virginia.

-- Hibernicvs

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#5 posted 12-10-2007 08:48 PM

We were looking for foam! thanks. The chair is maple and I used a Amber gel stain to get a natural finish then buffed it with BLO and 2 coats of wipe on poly here are a few more photos of the sun room before and after


Heres a before shot of the first photo

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#6 posted 12-10-2007 10:29 PM

Nice job. I bet those chairs are comfortable.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 12-11-2007 06:16 AM

I will be the first to sit down for a nice rest, Thank you

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#8 posted 12-11-2007 04:51 PM

The whole thing is coming along great.

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

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#9 posted 12-11-2007 11:49 PM

I’ll be danged seen a cheap repo in kmart didn’t now what they called those chairs now I know. sat in the kmart chair and it sure was comfee. I thought hey I can do that. Was out locking for plans when yours came up, must say yours sure are nicer than cheap kmart crud. I did notice on cheap one they just used welting for the bottom it has some give to it so with 4” foam it was very comfortable. I sure miss not getting on line as often as I would like to there is sure alot of good talent out there. keep on keeping on

-- Steven Big Timber Mt.

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#10 posted 08-15-2008 03:54 PM

nice job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#11 posted 08-15-2008 04:00 PM

First chance I get I will post it with book and cussions.
Thanks you

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#12 posted 06-26-2010 02:46 AM

That looks beautiful! I love the storage for books underneath – I have way too many books, so could certainly use something like that in my home. Practical yet pleasing to the eye. Well done.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#13 posted 06-26-2010 02:48 AM

a nice build it looks super


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#14 posted 04-20-2011 06:18 PM

Neat built-in.

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