Morris Chair

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Project by APLJaK posted 03-08-2009 01:21 AM 8907 views 22 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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#1 posted 03-08-2009 01:49 AM

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

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 04:12 AM

Very nice!

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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#3 posted 03-08-2009 04:36 AM

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

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#4 posted 03-08-2009 05:52 AM

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


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#5 posted 03-08-2009 06:16 AM

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."

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#6 posted 03-08-2009 06:13 PM

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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#7 posted 03-08-2009 08:15 PM

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

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#8 posted 03-10-2009 03:09 AM

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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#9 posted 03-22-2009 11:52 PM

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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#10 posted 04-15-2009 03:59 AM

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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#11 posted 05-13-2009 04:08 AM

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.

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#12 posted 05-28-2009 07:38 PM

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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#13 posted 10-24-2009 11:51 PM

Nice lookinh chair.

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#14 posted 09-09-2012 02:15 AM

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

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#15 posted 09-10-2012 12:15 AM

Yes, see link above

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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