Morris Chair Project w/cushions

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Project by Mike001 posted 01-27-2011 05:20 PM 4990 views 24 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got the cushions done. All told: 86 mortises, 2 cow hides, a lot of qtr sawn white oak and hours. Always wanted to make one of these. The demensions are from a bow arm plan from woodplans online, but I wanted the drop arm like on the cover of the Taunton Press book “In The Craftsman Style.” Started with Quarter sawn white oak picked from a number of sources. Probably $300 worth. The arms are from a solid roughsawn 2” board bandsawd on edge and hand planed. All joints are mortise and tenon…even all the slats! The only fake through tenon is on top of the arms. I wanted to screw them onto the legs…which are mitered to get figure on all four sides. All the slats are 3/4” instead of 3/8” like in the plans. Built to last a couple of generations. Stain is Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil and wipe on poly with Briwax on top. Smooth as silk. The cusions were made at an upholstery shop from two cowhides in a camel tan antique stressed look. I wanted it to look old. Scott Phillips from the show American Woodworker was in town at the local Woodcraft store where I had it in a show and he really liked it…said “I nailed the classic quartersawn grain.” Made me feel good about all the work. It won’t be cheap when the bill is totaled, but it’ll be a family heirloom.

-- "Always with Honor"

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 05:24 PM

Mike, thats a nice morris chair.

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 05:27 PM

Magnificent! I can’t wait to be able to start mine. How did the upholstery go? What finish did you use? Which guitar-neck plans did you use, I’ve only got the bow-arm version. Are you happy with the arm height vs. your elbow length? I’ve sat if a few that the arms were too low and my elbows were hanging. I found a great antique store in Berkeley, CA that has lots of Stickley, and that one fits me perfectly. I’m going to have to ask the proprietor about taking measurements. Thanks for any feedback you might have.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 05:43 PM

This looks great. You should be very proud.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 06:03 PM

Great looking set. I have always liked these. Its on the bucket list.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 06:18 PM

Great looking set, nice craftsmanship. What stain and finish did you use?

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

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 07:14 PM

A very nice chair and ottoman set you’ve made here.

Any pointers or advice on the cushion construction?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 07:25 PM

Mike—A lot of work and a lot of material, but it was sure worth it. Beautiful job!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 07:35 PM

Yet another absolutely terrific looking Morris Chair !!

Really well done, and … beautiful wood !

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 07:51 PM

Great looking chair, I’m jealous!

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 08:08 PM

Looks terrific!

It’s on my list to build. I can only hope it looks as good.

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 08:48 PM

Very impressive! Thanks for sharing and for the great pics!

-- Bob, Atlanta

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 11:58 PM

I want to build one of these one day. How do you like the color of the cushions? Although a personal choice really, I love the color you chose as far as leather goes but have seen some contrasting colors that look good as well. Pictures sometimes do not represent what is in our homes so I was wondering if you liked the color?

Great job on the chair. I really like them.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#13 posted 01-28-2011 12:38 AM

When can I come and get it! It looks great! You should be proud!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#14 posted 01-28-2011 03:59 AM

looks great
you did a good job

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#15 posted 01-28-2011 06:59 AM

This will look as good in 2100 as it did in 1900. Looks perfect. I too would like to know how you bent the arms and what you used for the finish.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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