Morris inspired chair #7: Almost done...

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 06-16-2007 05:52 AM 1267 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Note to self....don't forget the glue. Part 7 of Morris inspired chair series Part 8: Watco No. 1 goes on »

Haven’t had much time in the shop the last couple of days. It’s almost done though. The only wood left to cut is the seat support and I’m still debating on which route to go…I may build 2 different ones and test for comfort.

Some pictures of tonights progress. Sorry the photos are a little blurry. My camera flash didn’t survive me leaving my camera out in the rain…..:(

Cutting the hinge pin.
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Finished hinges
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Final sanding before the oild goes on
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From the back
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The reclining pegs…..not much recline…only 3 holes.
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I should get the 2 seat bases done tomorrow. I’m going to build one with the springs from my old chair and one solid. I’ll test them once the upholstrey is done. I’ll get the 1st coat of oil on tomorrow.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 06-16-2007 05:53 AM

Great progress Bob. This is a wonderful chair.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-16-2007 06:45 AM

Bob -

Thank for the update! I am looking forward to seeing the finish!


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#3 posted 06-16-2007 07:44 AM

Jeez that’s a nice chair!

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

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#4 posted 06-16-2007 12:16 PM

Waiting for the oil, it’s going to look great.

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

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#5 posted 06-16-2007 01:40 PM

yah.. very impressive.. You are/will be SO proud of this!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 06-16-2007 02:40 PM

Pretty nifty Bob… a question on your hinge:

Is it a press fit?? there alittle something in there? EDIT: (SORRY- went back after posting to see if you showed the hinge and you did….........coo how that threaded!!!!!)

How did you drill the hole in the back legs with the taper???? No easy alignment there….....really good!!!

Looking forward to the finish…..........Neil

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#7 posted 06-16-2007 04:01 PM

I love this chair Bob. It’s so stout yet elegant in appearance. I’m glad you have posted all the info on your hinge solution. I was kinda thinking about getting nuts with a variation of adirondack chair. This gives me food for thought. Looking forward to the finished work!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#8 posted 06-16-2007 04:02 PM

Hi Bob,

From my experience just really make sure to check the project over in the sunlight or a bright light for any scratches and glue spots. They will mess with your oil finish.

What did you decide on for finish?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Bob Babcock

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#9 posted 06-16-2007 08:20 PM

Thanks all!

I’m going crazy in anticipation of finishing this. I still have some sanding to do….:( After I took these photos I wiped it down with mineral spirits and some glue and scratches showed. My random orbit sander just broke…I dropped it while sanding and it smashed in a couple of spots…..gggrrrr. Most of it looks pretty good but what is left will probably take awhile….shoulda been more careful to wipe up any drips.

The good news is that I’m going to get most of the contrast I was after without staining. I’m going to go with your recommendation of the Watco oil Giz. I want to keep it simple and easy to touch up in the future.
I was tempted to go with the shellac finish Neil had suggested in his podcast which looks great but in the end decided on simplicity.

I used the pieces I had cut from the legs and clamped them to prevent blow out in the back. I also clamped it level to where the hinge hole alignment was( I should have taken pictures). That allowed me to use the clamp bar as a guide as I drilled freehand. It came out perfect, back pivots squarely, and no blowout…:)

The hinges are working great. I cut them to length and gorilla glued that end. The other end threads on nice and tight (tight enough to help it from pivoting TOO easily). I like how they look as well. I need to get more Lyptus , I’m down to my last scraps. I actually cut the rounds for the hinges out of a piece that I plan to carve. There was just enough to cut and still keep the carving area…:)....look for some more lizards soon.

Unfortunately I’m not feeling to good today (my head is acting up) so I don’t think it will get done this weekend.

-- Bob

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