Morris Chair #3: Framing the Base Bliss

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Blog entry by Luddite posted 01-14-2015 01:32 PM 1958 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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13 Jan 2015

Past few days I’ve completed the leg blanks.

Prepared the upper and lower side rails with stub tenons. Using a taper jig cut the top rails to match the desired angle.

Cut and sized the front and back rails along with the seat support cleats.

Once done with these I carefully marked each leg with the mortise positions making sure of their relative locations. Two lefts don’t make a right.

Mortising was a long grueling smoking endeavor. At first I’d not planned on through tenons as I’d not be able to produce a suitable a 2 and 3/8 deep tenon due to blade depth. After pondering this I decided to make a through mortise and at the end used some mesquite for end plugs on each joint. Plenty of tenon, 1.75 in in the 2.25 leg and room for a plug. I think it’ll look nice since all the other pieces I’ve done for this client had through tenons in places.

Fitting the tenons was easily done since I’d used a good tenon jig all my cuts were exactly what was needed.
Dry fitted all the bits and now need to is.

Finished attaching the cleats.
Position and drill pivot hole in rear legs.
Prepare the sides for mesquite slats.
Sand and prep for assembly.

So far it’s been good but the Arms concern me greatly.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 01-14-2015 08:46 PM

Yep, the arms are the biggest challenge on Morris chairs, but you’re off to a great start. I have the same type of mortiser as you, and I cut through mortises in from both sides. With the workpiece stop everything comes out great.
Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 01-15-2015 12:58 AM

Terry, you are making excellent progress. Keep it coming! :)

-- Art

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#3 posted 01-15-2015 01:11 AM

Looks like you’re making great progress!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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