Mission Style Chair

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This was my first mission style piece of furniture I’ve built. The rays in the oak didn’t pop as I would have liked, but overall, I was pleased with my first chair and learned a lot when I built the tables later.

I cut the foam myself and had my mother (yes, my mother) sew the fabric. I thought this way, when I pass it on to my daughter someday, she’ll know that it was a family project. :-)

All the mortises (40+) were cut by chisel. It was a lot of work, but gratifying, and I figured I should know how to do it that way before I used a Mortising Press.

-- -- JR

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 04:35 AM

A lot of work indeed! Nice job.

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

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 04:36 AM

good job … nice piece.

welcome to lumberjocks !

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

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 08:52 AM

Wow JR, great looking chair. I’ve got a Morris Chair on my list of things to try – your’s is not actually a Morris Chair, but it is very similar and came out great. Well done.

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

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 09:37 AM

Very nice! That was a lot of work on those mortises. I bet you got that out of your system. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 02:06 PM

well done. It’s lovely

haha I had to laugh at your rationale behind getting Mom to do the cushions for you rather than doing them yourself…. yes, it is now a family project :)
Actually, I think it is a great idea.

We’re trying to convince my mom (a quilter) to make some baby quilters for her great-great-grandchildren that she will never meet. Then we’d build a box to hold each quilt in and pass it down to the next generations. She hasn’t made one yet so I don’t think it is going to happen.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-04-2008 02:31 PM

Simple elegance. Welcome to LJ.

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#7 posted 01-04-2008 02:47 PM

Nicely done!

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 03:36 PM

Nice, I agree with GaryK.
It looks comfortable too.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 01-04-2008 04:51 PM

Gorgeous! I’m planning on doing the entire interior of our house in a the mission/arts & crafts, etc style and I have been eyeing those types of chairs. My skill level isn’t up enough to tacke it yet, but who knows, with all the inspiration I get from everyone here I just might yell “CANNONBALL” and jump on in. Beautiful work!!

-- "Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God."

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#10 posted 01-04-2008 07:56 PM

Great family piece. Very nice.

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

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#11 posted 01-05-2008 05:24 AM

Great looking chair! Nice work on the cushions also.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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