Morris Chair- Retirement Gift

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Project by AlpE posted 08-06-2020 12:43 AM 879 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About five years ago my mother retired from a career she had spent most of my lifetime dedicating herself to. As a retirement gift, her colleagues gave her a very nice rocking chair. I thought this was an elegant retirement gift, way better than a watch that the the newly retired no longer needs to wear or be governed by. My Dad still had several years left to work before he could retire, but I knew when the day came, his organization wouldn’t be giving out cool, “you made this place better while you were here and we appreciate you chairs”, so I took it upon myself to make him one.

I guess technically this wasn’t my first piece of furniture, but somehow, stuff designed to hold people as opposed to appliances or storage seems more worthy of the title of furniture to me. Because I don’t seem to know the definition of furniture, I consider this my first piece of furniture I’ve created.

The chair is made entirely of quarter sawn white oak. My initial plan was to go darker, more mission style on the finish, but about halfway through the dyeing process, I really liked the warm, golden honey color achieved, so I moved onto the Waterlox. Ultimately, I’m happy with how it finished, but do wonder if it would have been better if I had glazed it as originally intended. In any event, the recipient likes it, and now that he’s retired, my Dad has more time to sit in it.

The whole thing is held together with M&Ts. The only hardware in the entire chair is 4 screws holding the ledge on the back of the front stretcher to hold the seat cushion.

Apologies for the lousy pictures. I thought I had better ones of the completed project, instead, I have bunch of along the way pictures and apparently forgot to take voila! pictures.

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#1 posted 08-06-2020 02:14 AM

Really nice work. Looks outstanding.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 08-07-2020 12:07 AM

Very nice. The color is nice too. Great looking rays in the arms.

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

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