|Project by APLJaK||posted 03-08-2009 01:21 AM||7951 views||22 times favorited||15 comments|
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