Morris Chair Build

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Project by PapaMike posted 06-24-2012 09:17 PM 3893 views 15 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I started this project while I was off over Christmas and finally got the time this weekend to finish the frame. My wife will be making the cushions as soon as she finishes summer school.

The chair is made from red oak. I started with a pattern Wood magazine and made a few modifications along the way. I’ll be starting a matching ottoman shortly.

-- Mike P.

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#1 posted 06-24-2012 09:26 PM

What colour will the cushions be?

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#2 posted 06-24-2012 10:06 PM

Very Nice.

There is a plan in the July issue of Wood Magazine that I have been considering.

Are the curved arms glued up strips?

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#3 posted 06-24-2012 10:35 PM

Great looking chair Mike

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#4 posted 06-24-2012 11:52 PM

The cushions will be a colonial blue. I’m paying homage to a morris chair that my uncle had when I was growing up. I used to sit on his lap in that chair. His son has it now. The arms were made from 2 layers of 1/2 inch oak that were laid up on a curved buck.

-- Mike P.

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 12:18 AM

I really like this project and you are doing a great job with it. This’ll be an heirloom.

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 01:09 AM

That is a neat chair

Are the arms cut to the curve

or bent?


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#7 posted 06-25-2012 01:28 AM

The arms are bent. I made a curved buck out of 6 layers of 3/4 particle board. The arms started out as 2 layers of 1/2” oak slatheren with titebond between them and then clamped over the curved buck. The buck was about a 30% tighter bend than the finished curve. When the clamps came off the arms flattened out to the curve they are now. I used the average curve of the arms to mark the side frames. They actually came out almost identical. I’ve done clamped buck bending with thinner strips and I’ve steam bent full thickness pieces. It definitely is art and not science.

-- Mike P.

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#8 posted 06-25-2012 02:48 AM

Beautiful looking and well constructed chair!

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#9 posted 06-25-2012 02:53 AM

Nice chair!

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#10 posted 06-25-2012 06:26 AM

I wish I’ll someday have the time to make such a chair. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 06-25-2012 12:16 PM

I plan to build one of these out of walnut using the Wood magazine plans. How did you like them, did you think they were clear enough? I just have to get the bedside tables and headboard for my bedroom done first, then comes the morris chair… I can’t wait.

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#12 posted 06-25-2012 02:28 PM


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#13 posted 06-25-2012 07:45 PM

Great looking chair! well done.

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#14 posted 06-25-2012 07:47 PM

nice build

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#15 posted 06-25-2012 08:10 PM

I really like this. Sorry for the stupid question, but about how many BF of oak did you use?


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