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I made this oak Morris Chair that I had wanted for years and finally found the time to do, I was not able to get quarter sawn white oak because it has just become prohibitively expensive so this is made from red oak. I have the pictures of the parts as I made them and I sew as well so I was able to do the upholstery myself. The back reclines using 2 pegs that can be moved into multiple holes on the inside of the arm rests. I still need to make the matching foot rest but that will be the next project.
The spindles had to have individual mortises cut for them and I don't have the luxury of a hollow chisel mortiser. so these are all hand cut.

The cross pieces were all joined with through mortises as well and with all the hand cutting, this took me a couple of weeks to get done.


The spindles were cut from the smaller cut offs of the larger pieces.

The curved back pieces were not steam bent but cut on the band saw and sanded with the spindle sander.



The angles in the arms were created by gluing an additional block to the front end the cutting the angle on the band saw to match the angle on the sides. The dado was cut in the bottom to accept the chair side with a router then hand cut in the angle with the drill press and chisels.


The side assembly requires quick work to line everything up before the glue sets so I made sure to dry fit everything including the spindles before gluing.

Once both sides are done then the cross members are easy. and the arms were cut to be a tight fit and needed just a tiny bit of fine work to do the finish assembly.



I only used metal screws to attach the seat and two washers between the back and sides at the pivot point.


I ordered the 4 inch high density foam on amazon from go to foam on Amazon. Cut and tested to make sure it fit correctly.


The final step was to sew the vinal and then enjoy!

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Gotta love those Morris Chairs! I've got one in my future as well. Thanks for posting all the pics. Great work on the joinery and upholstery. Sure looks comfy...
 

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Looks great! Ashley furniture sells one like that in the Monarch Valley line and it is comfortable as a cloud!! 🙂

where did you get the plans or design for yours?
 

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Hello EdsCustom:
Nice work. Love the choice of wood, very classic with white oak. I love the odor when milling WO.
I've had the pleasure to have built two sets of MC over the past ten years. One set in Argentine Mesquite and the other in Cherry.

Here's a post I did in the past....Cherry Mortise Chairs and the Mesquite Morris Chair

Everyone who comes by always settle into the mesquite one, you just gently feel a slow sinking into the joy.
Once again, nice work.
 

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Gotta love a Morris chair. Nice work.
 

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Nice job on the chair. That’s a lot of chopping. Impressive.
 

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Looks great! Ashley furniture sells one like that in the Monarch Valley line and it is comfortable as a cloud!! 🙂

where did you get the plans or design for yours?
I think I got them from rockler or woodcraft years ago but the plans were not really that good because they didn't explain some key steps and when it came to the upholstery, they just sad to take it to an upholstery shop and didn't say anything else.
 

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Gotta love those Morris Chairs! I've got one in my future as well. Thanks for posting all the pics. Great work on the joinery and upholstery. Sure looks comfy...
really comfy. I just need to add a pillow for the to of the back rest and make the foot rest now. I will be making a second one later and adding a matching end table as time allows.
 

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Really nice Morris chair. Thanks for sharing your build pics and bringing us along for the ride. It really came out beautiful and I know you enjoy it. Great job!
 

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A lot of work in that chair. It turned out nice. Thx for the pics.
 

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Nice chair, which looks very comfortable. Well done craftsmanship and with all of the mortise cut by hand. And it makes it better that you completed the upholstery yourself, you have some talent.
 

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Well done. I still have one of these on my bucket list.
 
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