Morris Chairs

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Blog series by Dave T updated 04-26-2010 05:28 AM 9 parts 10474 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: Lumber purchased

08-31-2009 03:56 AM by Dave T | 5 comments »

We’re changing an unused portion of our finished basement into a reading and TV area. The room is almost ready, the nightstand is out of my shop so now it’s time for furniture for this new space. Our personal tastes lead more toward Arts and Crafts, so a natural choice for seating are Morris chairs. I’ve been wanting to build one for awhile and have several plans from magazines and books. All are the same base design of course, but slight variations. I haven’t dec...

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Part 2: Rough cuts and leg glue ups

09-03-2009 03:04 PM by Dave T | 2 comments »

I decided to go with the chair in Woodsmith Oct/Nov 2004. Not too much exciting yesterday. All of the parts were rough cut and I started glueing up the leg blanks. I have 6 blanks glued and 2 more to go. Here’s the rough pile for the legs Glue up And finally a stack of parts, this is where I left the shop yesterday. On deck for today. Finiish the leg glues ups. Mill the veneer to hid the glue line on the legs, finish rough milling. We’ll see from there. Than...

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Part 3: Leg veneers and jointing

09-04-2009 04:58 AM by Dave T | 5 comments »

Didn’t get as far as I wanted to today, but here is what I got done. First glued up the last 2 leg blanks. Jointed and squared up the 6 I glued up yesterday. Ended up with a nice pile of planer shavings that filled the dust collector. Now off to the veneers. Ok, I haven’t resawed anything really thin before and it’s been a while since I’ve used the band saw. Actually I haven’t used it since I bought the Kreg fence at Christmas, so need to do a little tu...

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Part 4: Side pieces cut to size

09-08-2009 03:49 AM by Dave T | 7 comments »

I didn’t get as much shop time as I would have liked to over the last couple of days, and the time I did spend I had to fix a couple of leg veneer whoopsies. Somehow through the repition of glueing the veneers on the 8 leg blanks, and all the pieces laying around I got myself confused on 2 of the leg blanks and glued the veneers on the wrong faces…DOH. Oh well plane cut them back down to the right size and cut new veneers and reglue. Problem # 1 solved. Trimmed up the veneers ...

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Part 5: Little steps.....

09-09-2009 04:48 AM by Dave T | 2 comments »

A little shop time is better than none. Here are a couple of pics of where I left off yesterday.One of the veneer issues (the knot looked nice and tight and I thought it would be ok, so much for thinking). And the stack of parts for the sides of both chairsSpindle final size (as mentioned I cut 74 of these little suckers 5/8 square by 12 3/8”) On deck for today. Finish fixing veneers on the legs. One more piece to glue YAY. On to the next step. According to plan in Woodsmith,...

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Part 6: Update for the last few days

09-13-2009 05:03 AM by Dave T | 1 comment »

Since my last post I’ve gotten a couple of maintenance tasks accomplished. A crude, but temporarily functional router table was tuned up (made sure flat and insert plate was level) and sharpened a couple of my chisels. Thursday, I got the router table clamped to the table saw and flush trimmed the leg veneers. Here’s my temporary router table. Eventually I am going to build Norm’s router table, but in the meantime…Next I cut all the front leg blanks to final size.N...

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Part 7: Standing frames

10-06-2009 03:29 AM by Dave T | 3 comments »

I’ve been slack in documenting my progress. Sorry to all of those following this. But after much drudgery cutting the side slats and the related tenons 68 in all and some assembly difficulties we have standing frames. I’ll get some pictures of the frames and latest progress tomorrow. Tonight I started milling up my last oak boards for the arms and the back.

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Part 8: Latest update

10-13-2009 04:10 AM by Dave T | 6 comments »

Where I left last time was promising pictures of the free standing frames. Here we’re actually starting to look like chairs. Not just a pile of sticks. I think the worst part was getting all the spindles in their respective holes and getting everything to stay put while I put the clamps on. I most certainly need more clamps. Long story short we made it through and measurable progress. Yesterday (Sunday) I worked on the arms. I have decided partly due to the lack of time and mo...

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Part 9: Getting ready to upholster (finally)

04-26-2010 05:28 AM by Dave T | 1 comment »

The wood working part of this has been done for awhile. I’ve finally got moving on the upholstery. Had a couple of local shops come out and look at the chairs to do the cushions. Lots of nice comments, but high estimates on the cost of cushions. One was close to $500 per chair, ouch. Needless to say it was put on the back burner for awhile. After a few weeks of walking by the chairs every day I thought I would check back with Woodsmith where I got the plans to see how they did the...

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