Daddy's Chair

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Project by Terdy posted 09-23-2007 05:34 PM 2871 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first chair designed and built. I learned many things through this process…..chairs are the hardest to build, comfort is paramount, and the design has to fit all shapes and sizes of people. That’s a tall order.

Chair was inspired by an antique Morris Chair that we purchased more than 15 years ago in Dallas. I wanted a stately chair that could be paired with the Morris chair in a seating group for our living room.

Chair is constructed of mahogany with ebony plugs and wedges. Mortise and tenon construction with leather cushions. Finish was acheived with a potassium dichromate wash, followed by BLO, and Daly’s Pro Fin.

-- Terry

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#1 posted 09-23-2007 06:30 PM

beautiful chair. nice job on the through tennons for the armrest. the ebony plugs contrast well with the mahogany. Is the back cushion attached somehow? If so how is it attached.

-- bryano

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 09-23-2007 06:44 PM

Just Awsome!

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#3 posted 09-23-2007 07:32 PM

Beautiful Chair… has some similar elements I’m putting into my Sketch-up table – now I know what those chairs should look like!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 09-23-2007 11:30 PM

Very nice! I like the design, and the detail work as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dan Pleska

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#5 posted 09-23-2007 11:30 PM

Wonderful design! I especially like the subtle curves you’ve applied to the Morris inspiration. Really gives it class. Did you have the cushions made? The headrest is a nice feature.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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Greg Mitchell

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#6 posted 09-24-2007 12:46 AM

Great chair, and a nice design also!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 09-24-2007 12:51 AM

Very well done project. Design is well thought out. Great choice of color for the cushions.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 09-24-2007 01:06 AM

Very nice!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 09-24-2007 01:35 AM

Great looking chair. Old looking, but very modern lines.
Also, great craftsmanship!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 09-24-2007 02:56 AM

There is so much to this chair that makes it excel. The modified Morris design brings it into the modern era. Like so many classics, it’s difficult to say of it looks like a period piece or a modern contemporary – “old is new”.

The choice of wood and the accents that enhance it reveal an artist’s eye. The execution – clean accurate joinery, gently curving arches – superb!

Then the finish; so often a well designed and made piece fails at this point – but not here. It looks great and the dark brown leather is just the right choice for the cushions.

I really like it.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 09-24-2007 09:23 AM

Yeah, what Don said :-)). I really like the design of your chair. I’ve been trying to convince myself to tackle a Morris chair, but now I like your chair better.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 09-24-2007 05:31 PM

Nice workmanship. I really like the shape of the legs and sides. One question. The back seems to be more vertical that other Morris chairs on this site. Was this a personal preference or request, does the chair you bought have the same type back, and how comfortable is this back compared to the ones that lean slightly back? I haven’t tackled a chair yet, but yours puts some new ideas in the planning.

-- Amateurs...built the ark : Professionals....built the Titanic !

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#13 posted 05-04-2008 10:27 PM

Just came across this chair. Very nice design. I think this falls into the Eastman Chair design, which is another Stickley creation. Checked out your web site, you’re doing some very nice work. Great lines on all of your furniture.

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#14 posted 06-29-2008 05:55 PM

Form and function, great job. Your attention to detail is admirable.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Todd Thomas

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#15 posted 04-12-2009 02:33 AM

great looking chair..turn out very nice…good job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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