Cherry Morris Chair

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Project by Nugs posted 11-18-2014 02:13 AM 3459 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this Morris Chair last Winter after spending lots of time in the Morris Chair my in-laws have. I used the plans from Fine Woodworking and built it out of Cherry. I didn’t have a bandsaw capable of resawing for doing bent lamination on the arms, so I glued up a couple 4/4 cherry and shaped it with handplanes.

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#1 posted 11-18-2014 03:21 AM

Love the chair!! I too have made a Morris chair but am still scratching my head over the cushions. Yours
Look great! Any good advise to share on the cushions??

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 11-18-2014 03:25 AM

Looks great, I’m working on my Morris chair(Wood Whisperer), I hope mine turns out as well as yours

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#3 posted 11-18-2014 05:38 AM

Nice job. Morris chairs are fun and challenging to build.

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

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#4 posted 11-18-2014 12:53 PM

The back cushion I had made by an upholsterer, I did the bottom one myself. The plans called for high density foam for the cushions, I took that advice without testing anything. The back cushion is too stiff for me, I’m going to get some softer foam to replace it. The bottom cushion is fine as high density.

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#5 posted 11-18-2014 03:20 PM

Great job and a great looking chair. Did you make the foot stool to go with it? I made that Morris chair. The only real piece of furniture I have made. It impressed my wife enough she had the cushions for it made by a pro for me.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 11-18-2014 03:39 PM

Very nice look chair Nugs! I have one of these on my bucket list they just look so incredibly comfortable. I would like to ask why you choose cherry over the more traditional oak?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 11-18-2014 06:20 PM

Paul, I didn’t make the footrest, I have all the materials to make it, but my living room isn’t big enough!

Ron, I chose cherry because I like how it looks. I’m not a big fan of oak, unless it’s quartersawn, but I haven’t had any luck finding quartersawn oak around where I live.

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#8 posted 11-19-2014 01:18 AM

Great looking Morris chair! As a Morris chair owner myself, I can tell you that you will love how comfortable it is, especially after you get the backrest cushion situation ironed out!

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

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#9 posted 11-19-2014 02:35 AM

Nice work, love these chairs. I need one bad

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 11-19-2014 03:06 PM

A great looking morris chair. It looks really nice in cherry and I bet it was a lot easier to work with hand tools than white oak. This is a project I’ve built in my head a couple of times and have added it to my bucket list list to build for real.

-- Luis

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