Morris chair

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Project by grumpy749 posted 03-03-2014 03:11 PM 2388 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a lot of people have posted and built Morris chairs and this is only one more of them. I’ve wanted to do mine for a very long time and now its done. To be honest I followed the plan from FWW, but I would change a few things when I build another. A lot of thanks goes out to my LJ buddy Dave for his progress pictures and insights Thanks bro. The best improvement I made was changing the square tenons to round ones with a wedge where the arm is secured to the legs. This made assembly so much easier. also I went with high density foam for the cushions and should have used softer material. When the wife sat in it for the first time her comment was ’’ its no lazy boy ’’. Anyway I am now in the process of building two more on commission. thanks for checking out my work. If anyone is interested in my recommended improvements just shoot me an email.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 03:12 PM

Very nice. I like mission style stuff.

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 03:27 PM

Nicely done, great looking chair

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 03:44 PM

One item that is on my todo list. Yours turned out looking good. Congrats on the commissions.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 03:49 PM

Great looking chair, maybe offer your clients a choice of the different foam cushions (firm/soft), I really want to build one of these, just have not had the time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 04:10 PM

This turned out very well ,nice work.


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#6 posted 03-03-2014 04:11 PM

VERY NICE! I built one years ago, Probably the same plan. It was a great project, my first and only venture into the furniture making arena. Very enjoyable project. My only complaint, and I followed the plans, is it sits do low to the floor. The older I get the more of a problem this is getting to be. I’ve been pondering making so nice looking matching thing to put under the legs to raise it an inch or two.

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

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 05:17 PM

A very nice build.
Built low to the ground, it probably will handle left turns pretty well.

Thanks for Posting.

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 06:44 PM

Very nice indeed. I know what you mean about the high density foam. Years ago we had a chair re-upholstered and my wife insisted on high density foam even though the upholstery guy cautioned her against it. After it was done, we didn’t use it much because it was too hard.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#9 posted 03-03-2014 10:08 PM

Howdy Grumpy. Beautiful job!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 03-03-2014 10:30 PM

I am working on a Morris chair now, and can appreciate how much work they entail. Yours came out really nice. For the seat did you use the typical blue/green high density foam without any additional padding?


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

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#11 posted 03-03-2014 10:39 PM

Beautiful Grumpy! Looks comfy too.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#12 posted 03-04-2014 12:37 AM

Excellent construction and the finish is outstanding. Very nice work.

-- Art

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#13 posted 03-04-2014 02:06 AM

Nice looking Morris chair! It looks great with your other pieces of furniture, also.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 03-04-2014 07:23 AM

Speaking of the cushions and only the cushions, if the foam is wrapped with a layer of Dacron, the cushions will look awesome like the rest of the chair. The dacron can be glued to the foam using upholstery grade spray glue. High density foam, medium firmness, is the right choice for the seats. Back cushions can use super soft foam.

Vinyl or leather cushions act like airbags sometimes and don’t breath. In other words, they’ll be a bit stiff when you sit on them. A few breathers (very much like vented grommets) can be installed after the cushions are sewn. An alternative to the breathers is to use a cloth fabric in place of the vinyl on the cushion zippers. As long as the zipper doesn’t show at the sides of the chair, it’s a better choice for the cushions.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 03-04-2014 12:14 PM

Beautiful morris chair.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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