Morris Chair Sketchup Model

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Project by schroeder posted 01-18-2008 10:15 PM 13849 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to learn a little more Sketchup and thought others might enjoy the plans I came up with for my Morris chairs. The dimensions are based on one found in Woodsmith (highly recommended for some of the techniques). I tried to be extremely accurate, but I’m sure the Sketchup guru’s could show me a thing or two! It was a bit of an experiment, but I see the benefit of virtual design changes instead/before of wood butchering.

Anyhow, I hope someone can find this useful!

here is the link.
(I updated for corrections and have included the ottoman)


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 10:16 PM

Pretty nice!

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#2 posted 01-18-2008 10:36 PM

That’s awesome. I’ve always wanted to build a morris chair just like that. A coupl eof questions though:

Why did you use a bevelled cap on the arm rather than extend the chair leg up through?

For the seat frame you show half lap joints. Will the seat be woven and if so does the weave apply a vertical load to the side pieces that would essentially be suspended by glue?
Would you make the chair back straight across like that or put a curve in it?
Is the choice to use the cranked arm versus a bow arm arm purely aesthetic?

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#3 posted 01-18-2008 11:22 PM

Thanks Gary – Thanks JL! To answer your questions – At first I couldn’t cut the mortise & tenon tight enough to my liking, but now the cheater caps just add a nicer looking finish in my opinion. They completely cover the mortise and… I just like it better. . . even now everyone wants to feels the arms and rubs the buttons first thing when they sit in the chair.

The seat is covered w/ “not leather” or fabric. The gaps is covered in webbing, then upholstered. The pieces on the end holding the seat are first glued then either doweled or screwed (plenty of holding power).

I make the backs straight, but I use a an overstuffed back pad and head rest, so a curve wouldn’t help my chairs. the is an article in FWW on making this same chair where the author steam bent the back slats.

I use the cranked arm because it’s easy, and if you are careful when you match the grain, people (civillian’s) can’t figure out how its made..
Hope this helps – Schroeder

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#4 posted 01-19-2008 03:41 AM

Nice looking job. I haven’t checked out the model yet but it sure looks good as illustrated. Did you make components of every item?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 01-19-2008 03:42 AM

Hi Schroeder;

Pretty cool drawing.

I keep saying I’m going to learn that program, but there’s only so many hours in a day.

And most of them are already accounted for!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 01-19-2008 05:08 AM


Very nice! Great concept of seeing the design, before “butchering” the wood.

Looks like you’ve figured things out pretty well.

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

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#7 posted 01-19-2008 05:33 AM

Great timing Schroeder, I was planning to do some playing around with Sketchup this weekend and have been thinking about a Morris chair as well. I’ll put this model to great use, thanks!

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#8 posted 01-19-2008 02:47 PM

Thanks all! Bob – I got confused up on the chair back and got lost in a “sea of components” – had some editing problems so I just rushed through it (learning curve). I’m going to email you some questions I have tho… This is such a great tool!
Shannon – I hope you can use it! I’m going to “refine” my design and also put in the ottoman this weekend (soon as I talk w/Bob;)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#9 posted 01-21-2008 08:01 AM

Smooth Sketchup work. I always love a good exploded drawing!


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#10 posted 01-27-2008 06:53 PM

Really great sketchup work! I have to get more in tune with this program. Just when I get comfy with it, I put it down for months and have to come back and re-learn it.

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

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#11 posted 01-27-2008 07:12 PM

Nice job. I really like your model.

(shamelessly stealing it)

-- Scott - Chico California

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#12 posted 01-28-2008 04:00 AM

Thanks David,Mot & Scott – Mot, This program is going to change the way I build furniture – I can’t say enough about how helpful it is (especially for “what if’s) – Chico steal away! – thats what Jocks is all about!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#13 posted 01-01-2013 04:28 PM

That’s really good Sketchup work. good job!

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#14 posted 01-01-2013 04:57 PM

Nice work

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#15 posted 03-08-2013 12:18 PM

Great work,,, I still have not figured Sketchup out yet…

-- arnies

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