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Morris inspired chair #10: I'm ready for my close up Mr Deville.

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 07-01-2007 03:29 AM 1226 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve got a smile from ear to ear. We finally took a ride and picked out the cushions and material for the chair today. Suzanne should get started Monday or Tuesday. I may have a finished chair by next weekend.

I’ve tested out some different combinations for the cushions and decided on 5” of high density foam with 2” of a softer foam on top for the seat, The back will be 5” of soft foam. Each will be wrapped in batting to soften the edge.

I’m looking forward to finishing this in the projects directory. Look forward to a grand presentation.

The second coat of Watco natural went on tonight (gave another pint of blood to the mosquitos). I really, really like what the sun did for the color. Thanks Giz!

And now the star of our show…..

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Lessons learned.

1. I can do this

2. Clean up your glue…..I’ve been scaraping and sanding for days….

3. Listen to your friends at LJ and you can’t go wrong….

Next blog will be the finished product….hopefully with me sleeping in it.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org



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Karson

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#1 posted 07-01-2007 03:36 AM

Great frame Bob, Looking forward to the completed chair.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Paul

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#2 posted 07-01-2007 03:48 AM

Your chair is just outstanding!

Give us an evaluation of the comfort of your cushions. I may want to look at redoing some of my cushions.

-- Paul, Texas

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WayneC

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#3 posted 07-01-2007 06:00 AM

Wonderful chair and photography. I’m in awe.

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

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David

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#4 posted 07-01-2007 08:00 AM

Bob -

Your chair is gorgeous! A true labor of love (and blood!). I really like the photos – very dramatic! Looking forward to the grand presentation. How exciting to go shopping for the cushions!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dorje

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#5 posted 07-01-2007 08:56 AM

Wow Bob! This is just so gorgeous!

I’m concerned you’ll fall through the bottom though! (HA!) What will support the seat cushion?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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TheGravedigger

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#6 posted 07-01-2007 02:10 PM

They say the devil is in the details, but so is the beauty. Wonderful detailing, and clean as a whistle!

Great piece of work.

The nice thing about mosquitoes is that they don’t make you drop what you’re holding when they bite like a horsefly does!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 07-01-2007 02:11 PM

Bob: I really like the job you are doing on that classic.
Most eople really stuggle with glue around the joints and scribe linespeaking through afterthe finish goes on.
Yours turned out just beautiful.

A credit to your craftsmanship

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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woodspar

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#8 posted 07-01-2007 09:11 PM

Bob, such a beautiful chair you should be so proud. The finish is fantastic and the special details equally so. I like the cross on the peg. Congratulations!

-- John

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Bob Babcock

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#9 posted 07-02-2007 05:43 AM

Thanks for the kind words all. I’m really looking forward to relaxing on it instead of relaxing working on it.

I’m thinking of trying two ways to do the seat. One, just some 3/4” plywood and mahogany box, or a mahogamy box with springs (I saved the springs from my old chair) Either box will sit on cleats (front and rear) and on the sides. They’ll both look the same, just a matter of comfort to decide.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Jeff

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#10 posted 07-02-2007 05:51 AM

It’s been great to follow this Bob. It’s a gorgeous chair and I’m anxiously waiting for those final pics. I might have missed a post along the way though. What was the trick with the sun?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Bob Babcock

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#11 posted 07-02-2007 06:41 AM

John (Gizmodyne) mentioned placing them in the sun to let them darken. I put one coat of oil on and was a little disapointed with the color I was seeing. After two days of sun the colors were richer and darker. I had never heard of it before and was amazed at the difference. Compare the pictures in post #7 and this one. Identical lighting, you can see the difference.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Kaleo

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#12 posted 07-02-2007 10:58 AM

Looks great Bob, I can’t wait to see it with the upolstry on it. Of couse a few shots of you sleeping on it would be good too.

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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oscorner

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#13 posted 07-02-2007 01:26 PM

How many more are you planning to build? After seeing the first pictures, I couldn’t believe that you didn’t go into production mode. You have a gold mine there! Looking forward to seeing it with the cusions.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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frank

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#14 posted 07-02-2007 01:47 PM

Hi Bob;
—-wow!....now this chair’s time has come for it’s un-veiling….!

....and yes, I like those split through tenons there on the upside and the finish is great!

Thanks for sharing this and so I’m waiting for the art-full end of your finished ‘wood art’ story….
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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mot

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#15 posted 07-02-2007 03:49 PM

Bob! My man! This thing is coming out awesome! It’s been a great blog series, a great read and has produced a great chair! You are a great motivator by your words and actions. You’ve done some really beautiful work.

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

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