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Well I have been at this project for quite some time its really three projects. I started the chair then had to stop for some home improvements that had to get done before Thanksgiving. I had to put in a lot of 10 and 12 hour days but the biggest parts are done and now just things like the trim and a few paint touch ups are all that’s left of this phase. I put out a lot of pictures so I hope you all enjoy them. First photo is the sunroom which has a medallion designed by my wife, second is on of two Morris chairs, and the third is the dry fitting of the second of the pair. The bench seats and Morris chair cushions will be matched. The theme is “Mission 2007” or “arts and crafts”.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/





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Karson

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#1 posted 2455 days ago

Great Job. It will be interesting to see them finished.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 2455 days ago

Nice work. I’ve been putting off starting a Morris chair for some time now. Where did you pick up the plans for yours? Did you find it difficult to build? How tough are the cushions to make?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Hibernicvs

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#3 posted 2455 days ago

If I can kibbutz—(oh, yeah—absolutely beautiful work; I’m insanely jealous … or maybe just insane)—when I started making morris chairs, I wasn’t satisfied with any of the plans I found, so I combined three “free” plans, and modified everything with ideas of my own. I worked everything out on paper several times (and then screwed up the drop seat for my prototype four times before I figured out a system that would work in reality), I think I used up two and a half legal pads doing the figuring and drawing (weird looking) plans. But the chairs work, and everybody that comes over immediately stakes out “my” throne … so I’ve got two more in process so that I can sit down, too. With planning (and taking the time and doing it slowly the first time … so you don’t have to do the drop seat four times), they are very easy. I found the plans in the “mission furniture” and Stickley books put out by Dover to be helpful, although they tend to make a LOT of assumptions—which is why I used up so much paper figuring things out when I changed dimensions and materials. The cushions. That’s a saga in itself. I found a foam cutter who could supply me with 6” thick “extra high density” foam (eliminating the need for springs) for the seat and ottoman, and 4” medium density foam for the back. I then had to learn to sew (yeah, right … it’s a good thing all the seams are hidden), used velcro to hold the covers on the cushion—basically I made three big blue “bags” and stuffed the cushions in them with a lot of curse words. The problem is that so much furniture sold today is, er, “double plus ungood,” and isn’t worth reupholstering, so upholsterers are going out of business fast, and it’s hard to find foam suppliers unless you live on the coast where yachtsmen like to have custom cushions made to replace what they lose overboard when they’re drunk. Let me post this, and I’ll get right back with the link for the guys that sold me the foam.

-- Hibernicvs

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Hibernicvs

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#4 posted 2455 days ago

here’s the link (I hope): http://www.foamtosize.com/ They’re right outside Richmond, Virginia, but they ship. I just don’t know how far, maybe it’s on the web site. I didn’t look because I’m right up the road about four hours in northern Virginia.

-- Hibernicvs

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sandhill

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#5 posted 2454 days ago

We were looking for foam! thanks. The chair is maple and I used a Amber gel stain to get a natural finish then buffed it with BLO and 2 coats of wipe on poly here are a few more photos of the sun room before and after

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Heres a before shot of the first photo

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Grumpy

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#6 posted 2454 days ago

Nice job. I bet those chairs are comfortable.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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sandhill

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#7 posted 2454 days ago

I will be the first to sit down for a nice rest, Thank you

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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mot

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#8 posted 2454 days ago

The whole thing is coming along great.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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StevieD

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#9 posted 2453 days ago

I’ll be danged seen a cheap repo in kmart didn’t now what they called those chairs now I know. sat in the kmart chair and it sure was comfee. I thought hey I can do that. Was out locking for plans when yours came up, must say yours sure are nicer than cheap kmart crud. I did notice on cheap one they just used welting for the bottom it has some give to it so with 4” foam it was very comfortable. I sure miss not getting on line as often as I would like to there is sure alot of good talent out there. keep on keeping on

-- Steven Big Timber Mt.

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jeanmarc

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#10 posted 2206 days ago

nice job

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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sandhill

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#11 posted 2206 days ago

First chance I get I will post it with book and cussions.
Thanks you

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Safetyboy

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#12 posted 1526 days ago

That looks beautiful! I love the storage for books underneath – I have way too many books, so could certainly use something like that in my home. Practical yet pleasing to the eye. Well done.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 1526 days ago

a nice build it looks super

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 1228 days ago

Neat built-in.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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