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Cherry Morris chair

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Project by DynaBlue posted 02-14-2010 10:20 PM 2877 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Edit- Sorry for the confusion, I originally listed this as a cherry floor lamp, which it obviously is not. I’ll post the lamp in another project.

This is a solid cherry Stickley inspired Morris chair and ottoman that I built about 2 1/2 years ago. I looked at many different plans and, pardon the pun, cherry-picked the features that I liked the best. It was my first attempt at through mortise and tenon construction so not everything is as tidy as I’d have liked but the chair is still solid and that’s what counts. The finish is boiled linseed oil handsanded in up to 400 grit on the body of the chair and 1000 grit on the arms. After allowing the chair to dry for a week or so I topped it off with minwax furniture wax which I strip and reapply to the arms about every 4-6 months.

Early pictures show cushions stolen off a couch and somewhat later, homemade cushions covered by black sheet that my wife made up for me but during my last deployment she surprised me by having the chair professionally upholstered in soft black leather. I found some curly cherry in my shopping and reserved that for the top lamination on the arms. Sorry the photos are so cluttered in the background but I hope you get to see how beautiful the cherry has become after sunbathing for a few years.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....





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Joanne

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 10:35 PM

Great job and thank you for your service to our country!

-- Joanne, New York, www.creationhollow.com

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jockmike2

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 10:47 PM

Beautiful chair, something I have to try. Kudos.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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DynaBlue

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 09:12 AM

Thanks all for the comments. As I tend to be my own worst critic I see the flaws in just about everything I build but the reactions of people who have seen the chair in person and the encouragement from this forum are very valuable in keeping me trying new things and refining the skill sets that I’ve already dabbled in. Is that unusual? That phenomenon of being our own worst critic? Sometimes I have a hard time with pronouncing something ‘good enough’.. darn it, I want the perfection that my skills don’t allow me to attain :D

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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woody57

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 11:33 PM

That’s one of the best looking Morris chairs I’ve ever seen. Great job. I also like the lamp sitting beside the chair very much. Keep up the good work.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Xodus

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 12:34 AM

Every time I see someone post their Morris chair projects I get antsy to go and build one. Very nice job, someday I will have the time build one.

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 12:43 AM

Very nice work an outstanding chair.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Greg Salata

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 03:29 PM

Outstanding!

I am sure it is as comfortable as it looks.

Great job.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 02-27-2010 07:22 AM

Nice work on the Morris chair.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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woodworm

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#9 posted 02-27-2010 09:25 AM

Nice chair.
Looks so comfortable to sit in it. If it is in my shop, I think I spend more hrs relaxing or reading ww mags than doing ww.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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