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Project by DonH posted 1227 days ago 2479 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My winter project (after the kitchen reno) was to build a Morris chair and a pair of tables to complete the arts and crafts collection I built for the family room (Now I guess I will have to reno that). Construction is as the originals with all mortise and tenon joinery, through tenons are wedged and cross doweled. I am showing them here prior to staining and finishing as I think the details probably show better in the raw.

The Morris chair presented a number of construction challenges as I did not have a complete plan nor a description of all the construction techniques – the design is an amalgam of various versions into one I like and bits and pieces of construction techniques (particularly the bent arms and putting straight tenons on the curved back splats) plus a number of assumptions by studying a lot of pictures.

It was fun though but I am glad I only need one of these!

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario





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SPalm

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#1 posted 1227 days ago

Nice.
That looks like a fun build. Challenging I am sure. Excellent job.

I would like to see them when the finish is done, as I can see some really nice grain there.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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DonH

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#2 posted 1227 days ago

Thanks Steve – I will be posting the finished project in about three weeks (custom leather cushion and chair back on order and wont arrive until then). Meantime I will be leisurely staining and hand rubbing oil into them.

Thanks

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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gul

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#3 posted 1227 days ago

Don,that’s some neat work.Looks hard to build.You have done a tremendous job at it :)

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DonH

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#4 posted 1227 days ago

Hi Gul – nice to hear from you and thanks for the kind comments.

All the best

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 1227 days ago

Very nice work, Don.

Sometimes building one is more than enough!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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SouthpawCA

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#6 posted 1227 days ago

My wife looked at purchasing a similar mission style chair and sofa. She was really floored at the price, however, in defense of the manufacturer, each piece was built locally and there were multiple covering options. She came home, looked through my Wood Mag dvd and found the plans for a similar one for me to make. WOOHOO – another project!

Your chair is looking really nice. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Don

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DonH

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#7 posted 1227 days ago

Hi Lee – thanks for looking and you are right, some projects need a little time before repeating if at all! I might make another on though (end of project post partem blues).

Hello southpawCA

You will enjoy making the sofa (prairie settle?) and the chair – I recommend Popular Woodworking magazine for the plan that came out as I was completing my project. This is a well thought out article with a lot of supporting info.

Enjoy

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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Skylark53

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#8 posted 1227 days ago

I saw a pair of these in a customer’s home today. They are original Stickley’s. You have done a beautiful job with a very difficultl project. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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missionworks

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#9 posted 1226 days ago

They look great.
How are you finishing them?

-- MW | www.MissionWorks.com

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DonH

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#10 posted 1226 days ago

Hi Skylaark53 and missionworks

Thanks for the kind comments. With respect to the finish I have just completed a final going over with a card scraper and will now be staining using Old Masters gel stain – I combine a roughly 50/50 mix of dark walnut and cherry (depends a bit on the wood, I often go about 60% cherry). After a couple of days I will then put on tung oil sealer folled by a few coats of wiped on polymerized tung oil.

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#11 posted 1224 days ago

Beautiful job. I built one last month and forgot to take pictures before sending it to the upholtery shop for the cushions – guess I’ll post the pictures with everything complete. I built mine based somewhat on the New Yankee Workshop plans. Must have been challenging to do yours without any plans! Can’t wait to see it finished and with cushions.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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DonH

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#12 posted 1224 days ago

Hi Bob

thanks for the comments – I expect to have my cushions in about two weeks and will post pictures then. I looked at your projects, very nice work! No picture of the chair though, are you going to post?

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#13 posted 1223 days ago

Don,
I will post as soon as I get it back from the uplostery shop! Like a dummy, I forgot to take pics before bringing it there!
Bob

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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deborelli

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#14 posted 833 days ago

I like the pictures you provided. Are those dowels in your thru tenons? or just plugs?

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DonH

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#15 posted 833 days ago

Hello Deborelli

Thanks for the nice comment – those are all dowels in the thru tenons and they are also through wedged – a very rigid arrangement

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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