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Project by APLJaK posted 1966 days ago 6462 views 21 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finally built myself a Morris Chair. I have wanted one for a long time and finally got around to doing something about it. The chair was built out of quarter sawn white oak picked for flecks and rays. The wood is very difficult to find around here and it took me awhile to accumulate enough for the project.

I have to finish the sanding, stain and protect the wood and make the cushions. I had planned on going for an authentic ammonia fumed finish, but upon further consideration I decided to go with Varathane Premium Mission Oak #263 stain. The final protection will likely be a couple of coats of Shellac for authenticity.

The cushions were made locally by Sun City Design in Kelowna, BC from two Italian leather hides (51 & 52 square feet) purchased from Buckskin Leather in Calgary, AB. This is a great supplier if you are looking for leather. Two hides was far more leather than I needed and one hide would have probably made the chair cushions, but not the ottoman as well. I now have a big piece of left over leather so I am looking for another project ;-)

This chair was built using the Wood Magazine plan (Arts and Crafts Morris Chair Woodworking Plan, Mission Style ). The design was one of the nicest that I had found while looking for plans although there are still a couple of minor issues that I would change. If I build another one, I will make the changes envisioned.

Overall, I am pretty happy with the chair.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC





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Cory

722 posts in 2018 days


#1 posted 1966 days ago

nice work, man. I can’t wait to see pictures of it finished with the leather cushions. Looks pretty comfy.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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ShakerBoxMaker

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#2 posted 1966 days ago

Very nice!

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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woody57

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#3 posted 1966 days ago

Great looking chair. How did to bend the arms? What type finish are you planning?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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a1Jim

111999 posts in 2176 days


#4 posted 1966 days ago

Another nice project. I think good old Norm had a program on how to upholster a Morris chair or mission style couch.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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cajunpen

14363 posts in 2664 days


#5 posted 1966 days ago

Congratulations on finally getting around to making your chair. Came out really nice – bet it will be a lot more comfortable with the cushions :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Terry

172 posts in 2232 days


#6 posted 1965 days ago

Great chair. Can’t wait to see the finished product. This is something on my want to build list. How is the seat back adjusted? Where did you get your plans?

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TedM

2002 posts in 2331 days


#7 posted 1965 days ago

Very nice! Looking forward to seeing it with the cushions.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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happy_budah

132 posts in 2397 days


#8 posted 1964 days ago

i hope toe make one of those one day and realy like the oak. I saw a blog on using yellow analine dye to pull out the rays and flecks its here in LJ some where, any way it looked scary at first but when finished it was very nice! like to see some photos on the final finish

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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APLJaK

61 posts in 1966 days


#9 posted 1951 days ago

Well I purchased the leather (gulp!) and now need to either find an upholsterer or take the plunge myself. This is going to be an expensive chair…..

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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corncob

20 posts in 1928 days


#10 posted 1928 days ago

Nice! I like the 4 diamond pattern on the side. I’m really curious on how the upholstery goes for you. I am just finishing up a pair of these and am also face with the upholstery question.

-- If at first you don't succeed it'll make some mighty fine kindling -- corncob --

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croquetman

118 posts in 1920 days


#11 posted 1900 days ago

Nice job. I made two using the Wood plan scaling the second chair to fit my petite wife. I thought the plan well conceived and thorough – perhaps a bit too thorough.

I like your choice of upholstery. Very masculine. We purchased the fabric and then brought both chairs to the upholsteror to have them upholstered professionally. Yes, it was expensive, but the chairs were “free”.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy it for many years.

-- Whatever

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CaptainSkully

1190 posts in 2157 days


#12 posted 1884 days ago

Awesome! A pair are in my queue. Can you give us some advice on how you would tweak the plans? It looks like most LJ’s buy the same set.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 1735 days ago

Nice lookinh chair.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Dhorn2013

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#14 posted 685 days ago

With the plan you used, did the ottoman plan come with the chair plan?

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APLJaK

61 posts in 1966 days


#15 posted 684 days ago

Yes, see link above

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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