Morris chair finished and other arts and crafts stuff

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Project by DonH posted 03-27-2011 02:49 PM 2238 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an update of my previous Morris chair and arts & crafts posting. I am waiting for the chair cushions and they will be honey brown leather. The back cushion will be 4 inches thick and the bottom 5 inches with a solid ply bottom. The arts & crafts family room and kitchen dining area is almost complete – I will be building two floor lamps to place behind the Morris chair and another chair in the opposite corner. There is also a second foot stool for that chair that I didn’t photo graph as it is identical to the one shown. I will be replacing the leather covering for the same stuff that is going on the Morris chair.

All joinery is mortice and tenon with through tenons and flush tenons wedged with ebony. The through tenons on the Morris chair are also cross doweled.

The finish on all these pieces starts with scraping all surfaces with a card scraper to both smooth them and reveal the grain more fully as compared to a sanded surface. The finer finish also slows stain absorption somewhat easing the staining process. Stain is a roughly 50/50 mix of Old Masters dark walnut and cherry gel stains. This is followed by Lee Valley tung oil sealer and several coats of polymerized tung oil. Finally beeswax and mineral spirits are applied with 0000 steel wool and rubbed out with a soft cloth. I find the resulting finish warm with good figure reveal and faithful to the style without being too dark and ponderous.

The little table next to the chair was made from leftover bits and is basically a candle table – I need it to park my wine glass on as there is no place in that corner for a side table.

Next task will be to reno the family room to give it more of an arts & crafts look.

Thanks for visiting


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 04:37 PM

It is too good.Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 05:56 PM

Don hows it going?

Nice job on all of them, I must say the sitting in the chair looks tricky! The padding for your bum need to be thicker! LOL

Really though, great work and I have always wanted to make a Morris Chair one day.

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

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 05:59 PM

Hi Ken – things are great. Getting a little bored as no project underway, but tomorrow I will get the material for the arts and crafts floor lamps I want to build then that will be it for that style. Shaker inspired bed next.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 06:04 PM

Tell us about the A&C floor lamp. Did you design? Buy plans? Where?

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 06:18 PM

Really nice work, Don.


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#6 posted 03-27-2011 06:36 PM

Very nice. Great work.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 07:24 PM

Hi lerbi, Lee and rcs

Thanks for the comments.

lerbi – I will be making the lamps by copying a picture. I cant seem to find a plan I saw a while back that I would have preferred. I have tried a lot of search critieria to no avail. Are you aware of a site offering A&C floor lamp plans?

Gul – thanks again for following my projects and the kind comments.



-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#8 posted 03-28-2011 04:27 AM

Great build, very classic furniture. The finish looks perfect. Get the fireplace going, kick back and enjoy.
Just one question. How did you attach the corbels? I am currently working on a Morris chair and hope it turns out half this good.

-- 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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#9 posted 03-28-2011 01:27 PM

Hhi dorran – thanks for the comments. I glued the corbels to the leg and when the arms were attached I glued them to the corbels as well as to the ends of the legs and the upper frame. Some screw them on and then place a dowel over the screw. I figure glueing is better as the edge of the corbel and the leg are both long grain.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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