Morris Chair

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Project by MAO posted 06-26-2019 08:22 PM 1997 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys and gals,

Here is one of my bucket list projects. This is my Morris chair in quarter sawn oak. The chair was made directly from Bob Lang’s “Stickley No. 369 Slant Arm Morris Chair and I highly recommend his drawings from his website.

Link is here:

The boss (wife) is happy with it and I think it turned out turned out good. I used a mix of machines and a very heavy dose of hand tools in it’s construction. The chair is finished with antique maple transtint dye, dark walnut stain, and hand brushed shellac. Now on the the upholstery…...

I’m looking forward to getting to know this chair very well for the rest of my life. I hope that it is eventually passed on to someone else when I’m done with it here….

Thanks for looking everyone and please feel free to offer any constructive criticism or otherwise.


-- MAO (Indiana)

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#1 posted 06-26-2019 08:32 PM

Man I love a Morris, and that is one fine example. I’d have to go with burgundy Leather on that one, unless it was forest green.

Bob has some very nice info on Craftsman furniture, he is reference in that regard.

Nice job, thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 06-26-2019 08:58 PM

Great work. I built the same one and love it. Are you doing the upholstery yourself? If so, head over to my project page for the Stickley #369. You’ll find a blog there for upholstering this chair. I even have the templates for cutting the leather, and I’d be happy to measure them for you. I was also using Bob Lang’s plans to build mine, so I know they would fit.

Great work, thanks for posting this.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 06-26-2019 10:42 PM

Absolutely beautiful! I love quartersawn oak…and your finish really brings out the grain and flecking. Had a Great Uncle who used to sit in his Morris Chair and “hold court”…a commanding man to say the least. I agree with “therealSteveN… burgundy leather would look great! No pressure though… ; )

Your Morris will last, and be loved, for generations…Job well done.

Please post when finished!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#4 posted 06-26-2019 11:18 PM

Beautiful build I like the Morris chair they are so comfortable. Quatered sawed Oak is top of the line, Great build.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 06-27-2019 02:19 AM

Well done

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#6 posted 06-27-2019 02:32 AM

Very nice workmanship. I have one of these on my bucket list too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 06-27-2019 11:17 AM

You did a fine job on your Morris Chair.
You especially did a great job highlighting QSWO ray fleck and the Transtint really pops it.
Time to get your leather together :^)

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 06-27-2019 12:19 PM

What a beautiful piece! I love the chair and of course the wood!

One, maybe stupid, question though. How will the seat-part be constructed?
Leather, upholstery and a board?

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#9 posted 06-27-2019 02:57 PM

Love the Oak, and just the right amount of finger prints! Well done.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 06-27-2019 06:44 PM

Congratulations on a nice piece of work and thanks for the kind words. In addition to the large format printed plans linked above, I recently added a 12-page PDF version of plans for this chair.

These are the plans we use when I teach a class in making this chair.

-- Bob Lang,

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#11 posted 06-27-2019 10:03 PM

Thanks for the link Bob. Long ago I worked up No 332, from Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture. Page 63 IIRC, I know if I grab that book it flops open to the page. I about wore that book out, but the Morris was where I went the most. I think beside some DeCristoforo I bought at a young age, that your works on Craftsman furniture were a couple of my first woodworking book buys as an adult. Those PDF’s would be a LOT easier than taking your book drawings, and trying to size them up, but that is half the fun, isn’t it.

That is where my thought about Burgundy Leather came from, looked really nice on that chair. It was a gift to my Best Man, he had a cabin, unfortunately it went poof in a fire. Fireplaces, they need to be cold before you pull out, and drive home. Just glad nobody was there sleeping.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 06-28-2019 01:11 PM

Beuatiful design, very profesionaly made

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 06-29-2019 10:35 PM

Mark , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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

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#14 posted 07-12-2019 03:26 PM

Love it. Built same model. Yours came out great. Some time we should compare notes about how we would build differently, etc. This was the most challenging project I attempted.

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Gene Howe

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#15 posted 07-12-2019 04:27 PM

Great job. Your workmanship is superb and, the finish is gorgeous.
Congrats on the DTT award. Well deserved.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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