Morris inspired chair #6: Note to self....don't forget the glue.

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 06-13-2007 04:39 AM 1280 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m glad I caught this and not one of my kids. i never would have heard the end of it. I was installing the pegs on the other side of the seat when I noticed the bracket for the arms was loose. I was initially concerned because it was loose but I couldn’t get it out. I messed with it a bit trying to be careful that I didn’t make it worse when it suddenly popped out. I hadn’t put any glue on at all. Oh well…at least I know the joint is tight.

Doh!....where’s the glue stupid?
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The only other thing I did tonight was to trace the back of the arms. I’m going to double the thickness where I’ll be drilling the holes for the pegged back adjustment. I’m going to offset the cut on the outside of the arms 1/2”. I’m also thinking about either two or possibly a square of 4 through pegs for interest. Any thoughts…think it’s too much?
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I have just a few things remaining to do. The second hinge, the seat support, the rear arm peg area, and the pegs. I think I’m definitely on track for finishing this weekend. My wife just found a good place to buy the foam rubber and it happens to be just down the street from the house I grew up in. So road trip this Saturday.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#1 posted 06-13-2007 04:52 AM

This is a great project to follow. Thanks, Bob, for keeping a record of the process. I appreciate how hard it is to not just forge forward, but to document along the way. Thanks! The chair is coming out great!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-13-2007 05:18 AM

Great project. It’s hard to say you screwed-up in front of all the lumberjocks is’t it. But if it keeps someone else from doing the same thing then It’s a training class.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 06-13-2007 05:55 AM

It’s coming along great.
You could have just used glueless joinery so you can enter this chair in the summer contest.LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 06-13-2007 06:13 AM

Bob -

This is a wonderful project to follow. I love the chair. Thnaks for taking time to document and write this series.


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#5 posted 06-13-2007 06:22 AM

Just got up to speed on this blog, Bob. Awesome chair. Congrats on the FWW feature, too! You must work about 10x my speed, and at least as skillfully. If I blog a project, don’t expect the entries to come along this quickly, folks.

Bravo, Bob!

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Bob Babcock

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#6 posted 06-13-2007 03:33 PM

Mot…I find myself wanting to get more done so I can blog about it. The encouragement from you folks is what’s driving this bus.

Thanks all…this has been a lot of fun. I am pressured to get this done however. I have a paddle to make for my brother that needs to be done by July 4th and 11 new windows and a slider to install….probably starting next weekend. I still need to find time to fit in my summer project challenge, and to top it all off I’m ridiculously busy in work. It’s going to be an interesting month.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#7 posted 06-13-2007 05:02 PM

Just a comment to consider . . . I’ve built two couches and two chairs in Morris – Arts/Crafts style following the suggested instructions for constructing the cushions with high density foam, layers of batting, etc. I even took one of the chairs to a professional to construct the cushions because the design called for upholstery sewing.

But, I wish all my cushions were more comfortable – even the ones by the professional. I’m a tall slender man but I’ve sat on some incredibly comfortable Morris style furniture. Mine are “okay” on the comfort scale – but I’m going to do some extra research on the cushions before I build another matching chair. You might want to look in to it as well.

-- Paul, Texas

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#8 posted 06-13-2007 08:16 PM

Hehe Muzhik…I’m not that quick…I’m spending lots of hours in the shop…:)

Thanks for the comment Paul…I am concerned about how comfortable this chair will be. I’ve hired an expert…my Mom is going to help my wife make them….:) I say that only partly in jest. My Mom has reconditioned a number of couches and chairs over the years and they got increasingly more comfortable with each one. I’m a tall not so slender man (280 in my current configuration) so seat cushions are a prime consideration. I’m considering reusing the springs from my old chair along with the high density foam and batting. I do need to research it a bit more before the weekend though. I’d also like to figure out the best back support.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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