|Project by StumpyNubs||posted 10-31-2010 12:38 PM||12930 views||20 times favorited||24 comments|
I am posting this at the request of a couple of fellow LJ’s…
This was my first piece of furniture. I designed it to be built with simple, cheap 2X4 douglas fir which is very strong and can be bought at any home center. I made it a bit different from your standard morris chair. First it has a set of three holes positioned vertically on the back legs below the arm rests rather than having the arm rests themselves stick out the back for the holes. Wooden pegs go in these holes to adjust the angle of the back, which pivots on a large dowell at its base. Also pivoting on this dowell is the seat, which is also adjustable from a flat position to three different angles back using a set of holes on the front legs.
The arms are ambrosia maple, but I also made a version with jatoba arms which is a bit less rustic. This one is light colored, another ai made is a chocolate brown which my wife likes better.
Pine gives it a unique look, a bit more rustic than the standard arts and crafts look of oak. I used a finishing process on this one that gives it an old, mellow look (an acid wash and colored Briwax).
The seat is a high density foam covered with a synthetic leather upholstery material. The foam and upholstery cost more than the wood!
I’ve since made more modifications to the design including more slats on the sides and a better way to make the bent arm rests.
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