Woodsmith #155

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Blog entry by Biscuit posted 01-06-2010 12:54 AM 2711 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have heard that Woodsmith Issue 155 contains a very good article on building a morris chair and matching ottoman. According to the folks at Woodsmith this issue is no longer available for sale. If anyone has a copy of the article and the ability to scan and email documents I would very much appreciate a copy. Thanks.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 01:49 AM

I’ve got it. Sent you a PM.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 01:50 AM

I have it scanned to PDF – let me know where to send it.

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 01:53 AM

Delaware, OH? Is Avesta Eclectic still open? That is one of our favorite places to eat when in Ohio.

I am originally from Centerburg and my family is still there.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 05:50 AM

Thanks to everyone who replied and offered to provide me with a copy of the Woodsmith article. Aaron is sending me a copy via PDF.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 06:06 AM

Todd…unfortunately Avesta Eclectic closed its doors about a year ago after the owner wasn’t able to renegotiate her lease. My fiance and I used to walk down there for dinner every other week or so. We had hoped she would open up a new place here in Delaware but last I heard she had opened up a catering operation in Omaha.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 07:14 AM

I got a virus detected alert by going to that site

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 07:46 AM

There are a billion “copies” of that chair on many many webpages. You dont have to resort to CR violations. Him sending you a PDF is bad enough.

Eric – Its reprinting ( A PDF is a Document) a Copyright Violation – You can join FINE WOODWORKING for like 10 bucks a year and get access to the “REAL” taken from a G&G chair plans and such…. Being cheap is not an excuse to break the law.

2 Cents…

carry on as you wish..


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#8 posted 01-06-2010 03:40 PM

yeah – i’ll send it over tonight – i’m just at work now :-)

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#9 posted 01-06-2010 05:02 PM

I had incorrectly assumed that reproducing out of print material on this type of limited scale was a fair use. After looking into this further, apparently it is not. I certainly have no desire to infringe on anyone’s copyrighted work so please disregard my earlier request for a copy of the article. Thanks again though to all who offered their help.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#10 posted 01-06-2010 06:21 PM

In addition to Fine Wood Working (which is great), you van also get the plans legally here.

Morris Chair

This is a slant arm with thin slats. There’s also a bow-arm with wide slats. I’m planning on building a hybrid bow-arm with thin slats, so I’m planning on getting all the plans before I start (legally of course).

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#11 posted 01-06-2010 06:39 PM

I actually don’t intend to build off of these specific plans. I was under the impression that the article contained very good details/instructions on how to execute certain elements common to most morris chairs that would not be included with the plans that remain available for purchase. Then again, I haven’t seen the article (since its out of print), nor have I ever ordered Woodsmith plans.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#12 posted 01-07-2010 07:52 AM

Rich and Biscuit, I think you are taking what I said out of context. I realize that copyright infringement is against the law, digital or not. Here is my point though. If I bought a copy of shopnotes and then digitized the image to safely keep a record in my computer, server, or disk for safe keeping, that would be legal. If I then took that same issue of shopnotes and gave it to a neighbor, that too would be legal. If I emailed that same back-up copy from my hard drive to my neighbor, then that would be Illegal. There is that gray area that needs to be addressed. I back-up everything on servers so I have access to my files no matter where I am in the world. If I am borrowing someone’s computer and I download one of my files of Shopnotes to that computer then I just broke the law. This just does not seem right. I am not an advocate to illegal fileshareing but come on’. Why when once something becomes digitized Its thought of differently?

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#13 posted 07-27-2010 04:54 AM

As Capt Skully stated The site has a 6 part series on building a Morris chair including technique for bending the arms but I don’t know if they sell a set of plans for this project. I think the site is well worth the $15 bucks a year they charge.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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