Morris Chair and foot stool

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Project by Douglas posted 06-21-2016 04:30 PM 1586 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a straight up reproduction Stickley Morris chair, pretty much sticking to the one Bob Lang wrote about in Popular Woodworking #189. I’ve always wanted to make one of these, and finally I got the chance. I went for all the details; the slant on the bottom rail on the sides, real through mortises for the arms (as opposed to faking them with plugs), etc. It was good challenge and a lot of fun. A local upholsterer did a great job on her end, and the result works well in my house. Did I mention it is super comfortable? It is my go to “Im gong to sit down and read woodworking books” chair.

I’m blogging about this on my site with lots more pictures and info at .

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Thanks for looking.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 06-21-2016 04:35 PM

This project turned out nicely. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 06-21-2016 05:13 PM

Nicely done. I especially like the through tenons on the arms and the pegs that let you recline the chair.

I went the lazy man’s way and bought one from Stickley several years back which might be why I suffer from the “I’m going to sit down and read woodworking books” more often than I should.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 06-21-2016 05:21 PM

EarlS – I’ve been wanting to check out the modern Stickley stuff to compare it to the reproductions I’ve been building. From what I’ve read and heard, they’re still making quality pieces as true to the original joinery and style as can be reasonably expected these days. I’ll bet it was worth it.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#4 posted 06-21-2016 05:22 PM

Nice job on the Morris chair. The Stickley #369 is my favorite of all the Morris chairs. The slanted arms give it a distinct look. I concur that Bob Lang’s article from Popular Woodworking is a valuable resource, and anyone looking to build this chair should order a reprint issue.

It came out great Douglas!

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

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#5 posted 06-21-2016 06:43 PM

Those are realy masterpiece of woodworking, great craftmanship.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-21-2016 09:42 PM

Very nice!

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#7 posted 06-21-2016 11:39 PM

That’s a great looking Morris chair! It’s nice that you took the time to include all the authentic joinery—makes the project much more satisfying, knowing that you did it right!

Enjoy reading in it!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 06-21-2016 11:45 PM

Excellent work! It’s great to see someone continuing the tradition.

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#9 posted 06-22-2016 12:57 AM

Really nice. How is the comfort of the chair?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 06-22-2016 04:02 AM

I really like the chair, a great execution of a classic design.

Here in Houston, the Louis Shanks furniture store carries Stickley and my wife go in there and just browse the Stickley stuff which is very solidly made.

I freaked one of the sale guys out as I had every drawer out of a chest and was looking at the interior joinery when he came around the corner. He gave me a funny look, but I told him i was just admiring the craftsmanship and he just sort of shrugged and kept going. I’m guessing I’m not the first guy to do this.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#11 posted 06-22-2016 04:39 AM

Bondo—the chair is extremely comfortable. That’s one of the funny things about making a reproduction like this, unless you’ve used an original (which I hadn’t) you’re not sure if it will be comfy until after you’ve spent hours and hours building, finishing, and upholstering it. You at least know it will look good. Great relief after the first sitting that it was as comfortable as I’d hoped.

MikeDS—nice story. I’m going through be that guy soon.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#12 posted 06-22-2016 10:35 AM

You did a great job. I like how you upholstered the cushions and the finish looks good. I’ll have to read your blog to see what you did for the finish. This project is a good kick in the pants for me to get my chair going. Thank you for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 06-22-2016 11:08 AM

Excellent build and fine reproduction of a piece that’s on my to do list.
I really like the authentic pegs on the back adjustment.

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 06-22-2016 01:27 PM

Beautiful job! I’m hoping to build one or two of these one day myself.

ETA: I went and read your blog. I had been wondering how you got the slanted arms. What a cool little trick lol.

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#15 posted 06-22-2016 08:28 PM

nice work

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