Mesquite Morris Chairs -- As usual, one step over the line.

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Project by Luddite posted 02-14-2015 02:59 PM 2427 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years back, well ten actually, I decided to build not one but two Morris Chairs from the Argentine Mesquite I had. Gee, what a cool idea. We already a few other mesquite pieces so why not these?

Having built some stickley pieces from the book shown above and this photo. I can do this, sure.

Things actually did work out but it took months to do as I was on the road at least 30+ weeks a year.
Some of the problems I encountered were:
  • This mesquite is a killer to work with. Heavy heavy…..
  • I’d decided to make changes. Oops! The legs were made to slough at the ends, rails to be curved, lots of through tenons to deal with.
  • I decided to make two.

Other fun changes and unexpected conditions.
  • Made the arms to be less then 4 inches in width. Don’t ask me why.
    The backs about 6 inches lower. Didn’t want it to look like an ‘orthopedic’ chair or an electric one. Sort of a low rider.
  • The arms, always the arms, bent look was made by cutting from front bottom edge to a point 6 inches back on the top portion of the arm. Then taking the cut piece, flipping it, and gluing to the bottom. Well this worked but rather looked ugly. Had to do some plastic surgery on these ends.
  • Tried to make the post tenons pass through and not use an end cap. Hey, Gus said it’d work. I ended up trimming the post’s tenon and capped it.
  • Just the scope of it all.

The end result was good as long as you don’t look too close.

Here’s how it looks now. You can see the ‘boys’ are quite happy with it. We finished the cushions with a faux leather. When sitting in these chairs it gradually allows you to sink in…...

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

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#1 posted 02-14-2015 03:12 PM

Beautifully executed ensemble! I love the Mission style furniture and modern pieces made from solid wood, not veneer.
Excellent job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 02-14-2015 03:55 PM

They look good and your house guests clearly approve. I have a chair upholstered in the same faux leather – it is hard to beat.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 02-14-2015 06:05 PM

I really like the chair. Mesquite is a great wood for this chair. I’ve tried to convince my wife to let me make a Morris sofa, so far without any luck… Would be a great project.

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#4 posted 02-14-2015 06:08 PM

This looks exceedingly comfortable, hope there is a footstool to go with it.

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#5 posted 02-14-2015 06:31 PM

Beautiful work!

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#6 posted 02-14-2015 09:43 PM

Great looking piece, love the joinery too. You could spend all Sunday morning in it with a paper and coffee. What more does one need…

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#7 posted 02-14-2015 10:11 PM

Great looking Morris chair! Looks very comfortable, and your furballs seem to agree!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 02-14-2015 11:37 PM

Great job, Terry! Did you do the upholstery yourself?

-- Art

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#9 posted 02-15-2015 03:01 AM

Nice job the chair came out great. It looks comfortable as well as stylish.

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

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#10 posted 02-15-2015 03:33 AM

Thanks, I really appreciate your comments. I can’t believe I’m building two more, luckily using cherry.
For a long time I couldn’t sit in these chairs to read without falling asleep.

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

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#11 posted 02-15-2015 03:40 PM

beauty, I’ve looked at and built more than one of these chairs and although similar in theme they all look big and comfortable. Yours is no exception. The Mesquite must have made it hard to work with. very nice.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#12 posted 02-15-2015 04:06 PM

Beautiful work,very well done.

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#13 posted 02-16-2015 07:44 PM

What a great collection of cats you have there I might add.

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