Morris Chair

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Project by Runner posted 02-07-2020 01:36 AM 1609 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my Morris chair using the plans from The Wood Whisperer Guild video series. It was a fun project and my first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery and bent lamination. I’m proud of the end result but most of the credit has to go to Marc Spagnuolo and his skills as an instructor. If I were to do it again, I would soften the look of the arms and the front panel.

Some facts:
-Cherry wood from a local sawyer
-Waterlox Original finish
-6 months from start to finish
-Cushions from a local upholstery hobbyist

-- Kjell - Eau Claire WI

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#1 posted 02-07-2020 01:47 AM

My favorite chair and you did an awesome job. This was my only venture into furniture making. My plans were from Wood Magazine I believe, but the same as yours or very close. Nice job!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 02-07-2020 02:41 AM

Beautiful chair. I love the cushions too. Great job.

-- AJ

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#3 posted 02-07-2020 02:47 AM

That came out great. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 02-07-2020 05:05 AM

That is one fantastic looking chair.

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#5 posted 02-07-2020 05:32 AM

Nice chair. Celebrate those firsts, and use them to catapult yourself into more challenges.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 02-07-2020 01:45 PM

Very nice. I like the curved arms. I’ll have to look into that video series.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#7 posted 02-07-2020 02:58 PM

real nice morris chair,a true classic design.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 02-07-2020 06:08 PM

count me among the big fans of the morris – yours looks great!

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#9 posted 02-07-2020 08:10 PM

Very nice job! I have not joined the guild. I will have to look into that.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 02-07-2020 10:29 PM

Nice choice with the cherry The chair come out great.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 02-14-2020 10:04 PM

Awesome job! This is one of my bucket list projects too. Always loved the look and comfort of these chairs and would love to be able to say one day one someone is admiring my chair “yeah I made that”

-- How hard could it be?

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#12 posted 09-25-2020 01:40 AM

Beautiful piece, great job. Must be nice to know someone to do the upolstry, barter services.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#13 posted 09-25-2020 01:59 AM

Very, very nice.

I’ve got a set of plans and vids for a Spagnolo Malouf rocker. Had the plans for 2 years. Need to get to work.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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