Black Walnut Morris Chair - Surprise for Christmas

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Project by schroeder posted 12-21-2007 09:46 PM 4113 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, let me apologize for my photography skills – I’m going to have these re-shot by a professional after Christmas. This chair was built for a friend who I work with. He and his wife really wanted to buy one from me, but couldn’t justify spending that much money (pbhhht! – newlyweds). So I told his wife on the sly that I would build him a chair for $1.00 – and she could give it to him for Christmas…, she basically had no choice in the whole thing. I was just over at his house the other night and commented that his old recliner was a piece of crap – he lamented that he couldn’t get a Morris chair at this point in his marriage (ba ha ha ha!) – He should have a good holiday!
Black walnut blow-down recovered circa 1982 from our local area. Accents are cut White Oak dowels. Finish is 3 coats sealer, 5 coats poly-satin and waxed. Modified plan from Woodsmith

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 12-21-2007 09:57 PM

Wow! Beautiful work! Somebody’s going to happy with this.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 12-21-2007 10:08 PM

you make a great friend!

absolutely gorgeous!

The Morris Chair has been on my to do list for a long time, just waiting for my skills to catch up to my ambition.

Merry Christmas

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#3 posted 12-21-2007 10:40 PM

Nice chair and nice gesture. I see the calculator by the phone in pic 1, that must be how you came up with your price, huh?

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#4 posted 12-21-2007 10:42 PM


She overpaid. The dowels don’t match, the wood is all streaked, the cushion for his head is not big enough. You should probably just give it to her and write it off as a learning experience.

Merry Christmas to you and to the grouch in the shop with you. To you and yours.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 12-21-2007 11:03 PM


what beautiful gifts you make.
Bless you

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 12-21-2007 11:10 PM

Beautiful work ! nicest walnut Morris Chair ever seen.

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

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#7 posted 12-21-2007 11:33 PM


You have a conference room in your house?

I’m most impressed with your fabric selection. Did you have your friend’s wife pick it out? Or is that a standard for you? However it came about, it gives the chair a bit of a dressy feel.

Great job on the sneaky part, too.

-- Ethan,

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#8 posted 12-22-2007 12:23 AM

Beautiful. Love that wood.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 12-22-2007 12:53 AM

Beautiful chair Schroeder. Should be a great surprise.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#10 posted 12-22-2007 01:13 AM

Great looking chair Schroeder. I have an extra $1 if you want to sell another one :-)). Are you working from plans, or did you wing it? I’ve been looking for a good set of plans for the Morris Chair – let me know where you got them from if you worked from plans. Nice workmanship.

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

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#11 posted 12-22-2007 01:44 AM

Thanks all – The pix just don’t do this thing justice – I book matched everything – I’m way more excited about this than any I’ve sold. Rikkor – yea, the dollar, I donknow – I just wanted to screw with her a little I guess, that way she piad for it for her huz and can give it as a gift! KARSON! Too funny! – Merry Christmas to you from Cronk & Me! Merganser – yup! – conference room – the wife wanted a media room but I quashed that! ;)

Cajunpen – The plans are modified from a version in Woodsmith – the proportions are great, and the details given with that plan are the best I’ve seen, (although I secretly hope that DeCou will learn Sketchup well enough so that he can put the plans for his on a blog!)

Thanks all! And MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#12 posted 12-22-2007 04:33 AM

What an incredibly generous gesture. Your friend is blessed to have a friend like you. Oh yeah, and the chair is gorgeous too.

-- Chelle

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#13 posted 12-22-2007 06:00 AM

Nicely done & great material selection!

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#14 posted 12-22-2007 06:16 AM

Wonderful work as always Schroeder. And the wood is just terrific.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#15 posted 12-22-2007 06:44 AM

Your work is just fantastic. Always the best from your shop.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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