I came across a Stickley morris chair in a furniture store about a year ago and figured I could buy all of the tools and supplies to build one for a fraction of the price so here I am. I started scouring Craigslist and have accumulated most of the shop essentials without spending a fortune (table saw, band saw, drill press, router, dedicated mortiser, planer, compound miter saw, and dust collector). I am just about to the point where I am ready start on a furniture project and am really excited (not to mention a little nervous…I am a big fan of mission furniture and QSWO is not cheap). I just need to finish up a few shop projects first (router table extension, outfeed table, etc.). I had planned on a morris chair for my first project (based on a set of plans I got from American Furniture Design Co.), but am wondering if this is too optimistic. The plans say “beginner” but there are a number of pretty diffucult elements that give me pause (quadralinear leg posts, angled mortises and tenons). Then again the other projects I have in mind are a queen size bed and a Roycroft inspired magazine stand, which have challenging elements of their own. I guess you have to start somewhere. Anyways, wish me luck.
-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)