|Project by DonH||posted 03-27-2011 02:49 PM||1654 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
This is an update of my previous Morris chair and arts & crafts posting. I am waiting for the chair cushions and they will be honey brown leather. The back cushion will be 4 inches thick and the bottom 5 inches with a solid ply bottom. The arts & crafts family room and kitchen dining area is almost complete – I will be building two floor lamps to place behind the Morris chair and another chair in the opposite corner. There is also a second foot stool for that chair that I didn’t photo graph as it is identical to the one shown. I will be replacing the leather covering for the same stuff that is going on the Morris chair.
All joinery is mortice and tenon with through tenons and flush tenons wedged with ebony. The through tenons on the Morris chair are also cross doweled.
The finish on all these pieces starts with scraping all surfaces with a card scraper to both smooth them and reveal the grain more fully as compared to a sanded surface. The finer finish also slows stain absorption somewhat easing the staining process. Stain is a roughly 50/50 mix of Old Masters dark walnut and cherry gel stains. This is followed by Lee Valley tung oil sealer and several coats of polymerized tung oil. Finally beeswax and mineral spirits are applied with 0000 steel wool and rubbed out with a soft cloth. I find the resulting finish warm with good figure reveal and faithful to the style without being too dark and ponderous.
The little table next to the chair was made from leftover bits and is basically a candle table – I need it to park my wine glass on as there is no place in that corner for a side table.
Next task will be to reno the family room to give it more of an arts & crafts look.
Thanks for visiting
-- DonH Orleans Ontario