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Morris chair restoration

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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 11-12-2019 01:10 AM 466 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After completing my bathroom vanity and cabinet, I decided to work on a simple, quick project. Was I ever mistaken! What I thought would be just retying a few springs, replacing a spindle, regluing the carved additions to the chair feet, and reupholstering two cushions turned into a major project.

Had I known then what I know now, I may have simply discarded the chair . . . but it was my grandparents’ chair and has sentimental ties so I pressed on through the long, tedious project. (I don’t know the full history behind the chair but Dad, who is 102, doesn’t remember a time when they didn’t have it. I think it may have been old when my grandparents got it.)

As you can see, I really haven’t changed a lot over the years!

I am quite delighted with the final results, but couldn’t afford to support myself with a project like this. It took me all summer to complete!

You can check progress photos on my blog.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.





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oldrivers

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#1 posted 11-12-2019 01:43 AM

You stated ” I am quite delighted with the final results, but couldn’t afford to support myself with a project like this. It took me all summer to complete!”
The accomplishment is often worth the wait and your diligence payed off Congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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mel52

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#2 posted 11-12-2019 01:43 AM

Looks like you did a great job on it. Something to be proud of. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-12-2019 01:56 AM

Excellent restoration!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 11-12-2019 03:06 AM

Beautiful restoration. Just in time for a winter hibernation ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 11-12-2019 03:33 AM

Thanks for the comments LJs. I only wish I could curl up in that chair now. Somehow it’s just not as comfortable for napping as I remember!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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swirt

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#6 posted 11-12-2019 04:39 AM

Nice restore. Looks like an awesome chair.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 11-12-2019 07:21 AM

You did it justice, and I, for one, am proud to know you.

-- Mark

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robscastle

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#8 posted 11-12-2019 07:53 AM

A chair fit for a queen!
A bit of photoshop at work?

very well presented and excellent work

-- Regards Rob

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sras

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#9 posted 11-12-2019 01:25 PM

With your help that chair will now be around for many many years to come. Nice job!

And you haven’t aged a bit :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 11-12-2019 02:02 PM


” I am quite delighted with the final results, but couldn’t afford to support myself with a project like this. It took me all summer to complete!”
- oldrivers

FWIW, Thomas Mossier sells their (very nice) version of the Morris chair for ~$5,000

They can command this price because they have show rooms in DC, Boston, NYC and San Fran. (which I’m sure isn’t cheap real estate). And they hire Art History majors as sales reps.

My point is that no one can support themselves making custom furniture unless they can command an appropriate price, and to command that price you have to have access to customers who have a lot of discretionary money to spend on whatever catches their eye.

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

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justoneofme

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#11 posted 11-12-2019 03:39 PM

Fantastic blog to read over morning coffee L/W!

That brought back many a chair repair during my days of furniture repair and refinishing … which managed to keep me afloat in refinishing products and particular tool needs, but hardly a live-able wage :)

Indeed you’ve done a mighty fine restoration!, using all manner of innovative measures!! I can definitely see how this took the whole summer “rebuilding” in many ways, giving your Morris chair stunningly beautiful new life again. That was definitely a Labour of Love!

Well done LumberJock buddy!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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BurlyBob

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#12 posted 11-12-2019 05:21 PM

That is flat out fantastic.

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 11-12-2019 05:26 PM

Great Job Lefty!

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tyvekboy

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#14 posted 11-12-2019 08:21 PM

I think the restoration effort was worth it. That is one beautiful chair and you did a good job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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lightweightladylefty

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#15 posted 11-13-2019 07:03 AM

Thanks for all the encouraging remarks LJs. I’ve got one more project to do to complete the chair: enlarge and frame the original photo of me in the chair. I saved the old upholstery to use as matting for the picture. I told my husband I was going to hang it on the wall above the chair. Not necessarily the best wall art, but certainly a conversation piece!

I’ve been avoiding the shop the past week during these below zero temperatures since I’m not fond of how much it costs to kick the heat up! (We just keep it at 55 degrees.) It’s makes for a costly picture frame getting the heat high enough for the finish to dry.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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