Morris Chairs - Finally Complete

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Project by SeventyFix posted 07-25-2016 02:29 AM 3628 views 29 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I created an extensive post some time ago, detailing the process of completing the Wood Whisperer Guild Morris Chairs:

The chairs are finally back from upholstery and set up in my home office.

I can call this project 100% complete. I need to pare down my “Honey Do” list to keep my wife happy but will be starting another woodworking project this fall. I have purchased the Maloof-style rocker and the Matt Cremona coffee table.

If curious, I paid $1,100 (tax included) for the upholstery work and about $400 for each leather hide. Two chairs and two ottomans took 3 good sized leather hides.

I bought all of the lumber from Horizon wood (prices depend on what quality of wood that’s bought and also varies according to current market prices). I bought one stick of extremely heavily figured cherry ($14/BF) for the arms – they’re what will be seen the most. The vertical slats are made from the same board. The rest of the project was constructed from regular figured cherry ($7/BF). I have a friend (professional woodworker) who makes regular large lumber purchases and I was able to save on shipping by adding my wood to one of his orders.

I followed Marc Spagnuolo’s directions and had few problems completing this project. I consider myself an intermediate woodworker. I learned a lot of new skills on this project (making patterns and jigs, working with epoxy and figured wood, bent lamination and finishing).

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#1 posted 07-25-2016 02:48 AM

top quality, no skimping, on materials etc makes for something you can be extremily proud to own. your workmanship is a credit to these chairs

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 07-25-2016 03:09 AM

Dang! Those turned out great. Looks like a worthy investment on a couple of amazing chairs.

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#3 posted 07-25-2016 03:16 AM

Those are absolutely fantastic!

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#4 posted 07-25-2016 03:19 AM

Nice chairs they look great! The extra for the arms was worth it!

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#5 posted 07-25-2016 08:10 AM

Realy great job, very profesionaly done. I saw how Woodwisperer made them – yours are good as his – too good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 07-25-2016 10:20 AM

Very well done, heirlooms for sure

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#7 posted 07-25-2016 12:12 PM

These chairs are so nice and well done. They are beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 07-25-2016 12:43 PM

Wow…. just lovely

I’m with Tyler (and you), the extra for the arms was well worth it

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 07-25-2016 12:46 PM

Love the leather… I hope to build a pair myself in the next year or so.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#10 posted 07-25-2016 12:58 PM

Looking really good. Great work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 07-25-2016 01:40 PM

look beautiful

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Gene Howe

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#12 posted 07-25-2016 02:01 PM

Awesome work and great wood selection. Beautiful finish, also.
The leather is gorgeous, too.
I’m building the second of a pair now. Mine are from Wood Mag.s plans and of QSWO. You are correct about the skill building involved.
I wish I had seen your upholstery job before mine went to the upholstery shop. I really like the bolster for the head rest.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 07-25-2016 02:03 PM

Very nice finishing job.

Is comfort up to snuff?

What did you use for padding (or was that left up to the upholsterer)?

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#14 posted 07-25-2016 02:37 PM

Very nice finishing job.

Is comfort up to snuff?

What did you use for padding (or was that left up to the upholsterer)?

- gargey

I have already taken a good nap in one of the chairs – yes, the comfort is excellent. All cushion decisions were left up to the upholstery shop. They’ve done a bunch of work for me and they’re excellent. I trusted them to make the decisions. The seat cushion and back rest are made of pretty firm foam. The head rest is filled with fluffy, softer material (your head sinks into it). I’m extremely satisfied with the finishing.

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#15 posted 07-25-2016 02:49 PM

nice. they turned out great.

-- Love the smell of snow in the morning.

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