Bow Arm Morris and foot stool

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Project by tbone posted 1658 days ago 2968 views 27 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back slats and arms were steam bent. The q-sawn white oak was fumed for 48 hours, then a few applications of oil followed by wipe-on poly. I think the arms in particular needed the poly because it’s too easy to place a cold beverage on them.
I did not make the cushions, but I DID upholster the foot stool. It’s not depicted in the pictures, but the seat frame has a woven upholstery webbing to support the seat cushion. It’s REAL comfortable.
I built it for my daughter who lives in Chicago, so I can’t enjoy it myself. Maybe I’ll make another one for me someday.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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#1 posted 1658 days ago

Wow. Beautiful. The Morris chair is on my short list to do. And you’ve done a beautiful job. The upholstery on the foot stool is superb. How much cost do you have in materials? How many hours in the project?

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 1658 days ago

Very well done. A classic.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#3 posted 1658 days ago

Wow, does that completed chair picture look inviting. Come home from work, kick your shoes off, put your feet up and surf lumberjocks on your laptop until you fall asleep in that comfy chair.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 1658 days ago

Phenomenal as usual! When I saw the thumbnail, I thought you’d painted it white. Turns out it was just whitewashed by the camera. Whew! You gotta make one fer yerself. You deserve it. I think I’ll make at least one after I finish the dining room suite. You make a strong case for fuming. Sigh… Thanks for epitomizing why I joined LJ’s. Your daughter is one lucky girl.

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

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#5 posted 1658 days ago

Very comfy looking. Excellent job.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#6 posted 1658 days ago

I agree with dorran, that chair is classic. Fantastic work.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 1658 days ago

This has to be the nicest Morris chair I have seen yet (and I have seen quite a few). You should be very proud of it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 1657 days ago

Absolutly gorgeous! I have the plans to build one – just not the talent. Not yet anyway.

Ok, I just looked at your other projects. Where do find all the beautiful QSWO?

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#9 posted 1657 days ago

To Frank Thomas: The hide cost me about $300. The labor for upholstery—about $175. The cost of the wood—I don’t know. The man-hours, I’ve not a clue. Sorry, but I just don’t keep track of my project costs. I DO, however, keep track of the ‘enjoyment factor’ in building a piece, and I can tell you that this one was fun because it is a classic design with interesting joinery.

To fletchs: Here around Fort Worth and dallas, there are a few nice lumber dealers that will let you go through the stuff and choose what you need.

Thanks for the responses fellas.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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#10 posted 1657 days ago

Super chair

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1657 days ago

Nice looking chair. Looks like something I could easily sleep in.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#12 posted 1656 days ago

Thats a beautiful chair.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#13 posted 1656 days ago

I have plans for this exact chair and it will be the first project for my own personal enjoyment. Very nice. Couple of questions…

1. What was the method you used to steam bend?
2. You laminated the arms correct? what thickness did you have each layer set at?

Again my complimnets

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#14 posted 1655 days ago

Nearly perfect. The only glaring mistake I can see you made was that you only made one. For something this nice, you are always suppose to make two.

In all seriousness, its absolutely beautiful, good job. Were the arms steam bent? The reason I ask is the edge grain on the arms look continuous, not like some bent wood laminations where the edge grain looses all definition.

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#15 posted 1654 days ago

I’ve got to apologize about the photography here, but yes, the arms (7/8” thick)—as well as the back rails(5/8” thick)—were steam bent. My methods? Just a PVC drain pipe, capped off at one end with a weep hole drilled in it, and a screw type drain plug on the other end with a hole drilled in it to allow a radiator hose to connect from the steam source—an unused gas can—to the “steam chamber” The heat source is a Coleman stove.
The steaming formula for white oak is roughly one hour of steam to 1” of wood thickness. (that’s math even I can handle)
It’s just a small detail, but I think the bent back rails add tremendously to the comfort, and the bent arm rails are what I saw on a similar chair made by Stickley.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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