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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
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Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

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Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

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Drilling Mortices

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Squaring the corners and final shaving.

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I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

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Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

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Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Squaring the corners and final shaving.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

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Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
Bob, your design is coming alive and I love the look of it in real wood. The Sketchup picture looked good, but there is nothing like seeing it being made. I can't wait to see more. Excellent work!
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

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Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Squaring the corners and final shaving.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
this is WONDERFUL.
You've taken great photos for the blog. Thank you for sharing the step by step
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Squaring the corners and final shaving.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
A beautifully designed chair, & a very ambitious project.

Now it's nice to watch it come together, piece by piece.
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Squaring the corners and final shaving.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
Hi Bob…Everything is looking good. I love the curved design and like your just go for it attitude.

To avoid the blow out you really have to work in from both sides.. first carefully marking on both faces of the stock.

I have cut many through mortices….. you should think about getting a shoulder plane if you don't already.. then you can cut your tenons snugly and plane them to fit perfectly. It is my favorite handtool.

Keep up the good work.
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Squaring the corners and final shaving.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
Thanks for the kind comments all.

AHAA!....a shoulder plane…..now I know what to put on my Father's day list. I have to laugh at your "just go for it attitude" comment Gizmo….it's called stupidity. My father in law (a fairly accomplished 85 yr old woodworker) just smiled when I showed him the design and said " challenging yourself?

Nobody could have been more surprised as I was when the back went together fairly smoothly. The combination of all those joints having to fit together tightly was scaring me. A few minutes of pairing with a chisel and some small touches with rasp or file and it went together so tight it was difficult to get apart. I think I was just lucky
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Squaring the corners and final shaving.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
Bob! Outstanding. A dead blow hammer and a stanley chisel? You are the MAN! Your design is classic and clean, and your execution to date is equal to the task. I look forward to your next entry!
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Squaring the corners and final shaving.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
Very nice. I think you should add making it rock, swivel and recline just so you dont get caught up anytime soon..hehe
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Squaring the corners and final shaving.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
Looks great! Don't sweat the blow out too much. We alll do things that don't turn out quite the way we planned or expected. Part of the process is dealing with that and working around the problem. Most times, no else will ever notice anyways. Everything looks really well done to me. Should be a comfortable and beatuiful chair to enjoy for many, many years when you finish it. I can't quite make out what type of wood you are using.
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Squaring the corners and final shaving.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
This is looking great!, I 'm really looking forward to seeing the finished product!
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Drilling Mortices

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Squaring the corners and final shaving.

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I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

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Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

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Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

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The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

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The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

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Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
Wow, heavy duty - that's going to be a solid heavy chair! Looking great!
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
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Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

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Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

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Drilling Mortices

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Squaring the corners and final shaving.

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I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

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Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

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Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

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The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

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The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

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Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
The chair is all mahogany except for the two posts on the back. They are lyptus, I wanted the added strength for the pivot. I chose the individual boards based on color. I'm hoping for contrast similar to the design. I was thinking of adding some stain but I'm not sure yet. I'll test with mineral spirits 1st.

My wife is going to try and reclaim the leather and the cushions from my previously store bought expensive but cheaply made recliner. I admit that I am hard on chairs….but it was supposed to be a big man's chair. Fell apart after only a few years like a cheap suit. Reclaiming the leather will change the design of the upholstery a bit because of how the leather is put together. I may like it or I may toss it and go with a microfiber….actually none of that will actually be my decision….a higher power than myself will decide.
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

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Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

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Drilling Mortices

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Squaring the corners and final shaving.

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I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

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Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

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Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

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The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

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The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

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Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
leather…. I see a lot of projects waiting to be made, if it doesn't become a chair again
 

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The chair becomes real...

I figured I'd best get this blog done or I'll never do it.

Some of you will remember the morris inspired chair design I did in Sketchup.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Well it's finally starting to take a real form.

This is my 1st attempt to do anything that might be construed as fine furniture…we'll see in the end if it gets close. I've already made a number of mistakes I'm not happy with…a couple of odd twists of wood that split….a couple of bonehead hits with my hand morticing of the arms. I actually hope to turn that into a positive. I cut the mortices on the top of the back wide as well on purpose. I'm going to try to include crossing wedged tenons.

I plan to finish the joints with pillowed dowels. My original design called for chamfered square plugs. I changed because I think it will be a busy enough piece already and the rounded dowels will soften it some.

Anyway…here are some pictures.

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Hand cutting to length on my Grandfathers miter box….I try to incorporate its use in some way in every project I do

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Drilling Mortices

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Squaring the corners and final shaving.

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I cut the reverse tapers in the legs freehand on the new bandsaw…YeeeHaaa! After tuneup I cut all the tenons as well…very happy with the results.

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Routing the upper and lower aprons. I made a quick pine template.

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Routing the dadoes for the rear seat support

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The curved back supports…more freehand work on the bandsaw…I'm loving this thing! I'm doing a quick 120 grit sanding of all pieces as I go along.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
The back goes together dry. Can't wait to see the pegs in there, even if it will be covered most of the time. i'm thinking of doing through pins on the back….whadya think?

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Top Back

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The top mortice I purposely cut large to accept a crossed wedged tenon….after screwing up the arm the idea occured to me….so wish me luck. I'll show pictures of the arms next time. I'm not as happy with how they look. i had a blow out when trying my hand at hand cutting the mortice. Not only did I cut it too big…I also blew out he bottom. It glued back in and will be covered by the shoulder of the leg but I'm still not happy.
It will definitely get recycled in some way Deb. We should know this weekend if it will be OK for the chair or not.

Hehe….Paul ….it has to be heavy duty. This recliner was falling apart after just a few years…but all chairs that I use frequently seem to share the same fate eventually. Sometimes it's nice being a big guy…sometimes a pain. One of my best friends calls me BAM!...short for big ass man….of course the two of us look like Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger (sp?) in Twins so I give him grief as well.

I want this to be the last chair I need to make for myself.
 

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Dryfit.....sand.....glue

Gotta get to bed so I'll make this a quick one…

It's looking like a chair.
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From the back
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Closeup of the crossing tenons.
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Night Ops….final sanding.
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I need some more clamps….like 20 or so…this is every one I own.
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OK…bedtime…heading to my daughters on the Cape in the morning. We are wiring the lampost/mailbox I made her. I'll get some pictures and post them tomorrow. Very easy and relatively inexpensive to make.
 

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Dryfit.....sand.....glue

Gotta get to bed so I'll make this a quick one…

It's looking like a chair.
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From the back
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Closeup of the crossing tenons.
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Night Ops….final sanding.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I need some more clamps….like 20 or so…this is every one I own.
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OK…bedtime…heading to my daughters on the Cape in the morning. We are wiring the lampost/mailbox I made her. I'll get some pictures and post them tomorrow. Very easy and relatively inexpensive to make.
Chair is looking good so far. Have a great day tomorrow.
 

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Dryfit.....sand.....glue

Gotta get to bed so I'll make this a quick one…

It's looking like a chair.
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From the back
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Closeup of the crossing tenons.
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Night Ops….final sanding.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I need some more clamps….like 20 or so…this is every one I own.
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OK…bedtime…heading to my daughters on the Cape in the morning. We are wiring the lampost/mailbox I made her. I'll get some pictures and post them tomorrow. Very easy and relatively inexpensive to make.
That's really nice work! It's turning out great!
 

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Dryfit.....sand.....glue

Gotta get to bed so I'll make this a quick one…

It's looking like a chair.
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From the back
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Closeup of the crossing tenons.
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Night Ops….final sanding.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I need some more clamps….like 20 or so…this is every one I own.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

OK…bedtime…heading to my daughters on the Cape in the morning. We are wiring the lampost/mailbox I made her. I'll get some pictures and post them tomorrow. Very easy and relatively inexpensive to make.
Great jointery! The chair is really coming together nicely.
 

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Dryfit.....sand.....glue

Gotta get to bed so I'll make this a quick one…

It's looking like a chair.
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From the back
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Closeup of the crossing tenons.
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Night Ops….final sanding.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I need some more clamps….like 20 or so…this is every one I own.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

OK…bedtime…heading to my daughters on the Cape in the morning. We are wiring the lampost/mailbox I made her. I'll get some pictures and post them tomorrow. Very easy and relatively inexpensive to make.
Hi Bob;
--you're chair is coming along great!

I also like how you are building much of your work outside and with those legs….now you're giving us an 'Asian' flair to your Morris inspired chair.
Thank you.
GODSPEED,
Frank
 

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Dryfit.....sand.....glue

Gotta get to bed so I'll make this a quick one…

It's looking like a chair.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

From the back
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Closeup of the crossing tenons.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Night Ops….final sanding.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I need some more clamps….like 20 or so…this is every one I own.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

OK…bedtime…heading to my daughters on the Cape in the morning. We are wiring the lampost/mailbox I made her. I'll get some pictures and post them tomorrow. Very easy and relatively inexpensive to make.
it does indeed look like a chair!!!
VERY impressive.
 
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