Morris Chair

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Project by bobthebuilderinmichigan posted 04-07-2011 10:22 PM 3612 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This version of the Morris Chair is based on the New Yankee Workshop plans with some modifications. First, I reduced the size of the slats on the sides to make it similar to the coffee table I built a few months ago. Second, I slightly reduced the dimensions of the legs by 1/4” each side to make it less heavy looking. Ther are a ton of mortises and tenons to make in this version but thankfully I have a mortising machine to help with that! The chair is made entirely of white ash with two coats of Minwax English Chestnut and two coats of polyurethane. The cushions are leather and boy is it comfortable! I will probably make an ottoman some time in the future, but I’ll have to wait until my other upcoming projects are completed.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 11:05 PM

Nice looking morris chair.

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 12:46 AM

Nice job on this chair, Bob. You don’t see too many of these made anymore. I like the “lighter” look. Almost gives it a Scandinavian style. You definitely need an ottoman. You can truly enjoy a Morris chair until you’re totally comfortable.

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 01:05 AM

Very nice chair! Are you going to try a couch also.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 04-08-2011 01:07 AM

Fine looking specimen Bob. I like that chestnut.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 01:22 AM

I have always loved these, Great job ….. One day I’ll give it a shot… Not sure where I’ll put it in our house though.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 04-08-2011 01:55 AM

Thanks for the compliments everyone! Jockmike – I’d love to, but right now I don’t have any room for it in the house – our family room couch is still in very good shape. I may do one to sell, but I have several other jobs lined up in the next several months so I figure on being tied up until the fall . . . then it’s hunting season. . . oh well!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#8 posted 04-08-2011 02:33 AM

Very good looking, wonderful work! Stephen

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#9 posted 04-08-2011 03:15 AM

Stephen – Thanks! I really admire your work. Praise coming from someone who does such beautiful work is flattering.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#10 posted 04-08-2011 04:10 AM


Your chair looks terrific. We really like your slightly less heavy design. The woodworking is super and the upholstery looks fabulous too! Did you do the upholstery yourself?

Thanks for sharing. This should inspire me to restore/fix my grandparents old Morris chair. Thanks for the nudge!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 04-08-2011 04:40 PM

This is great, I love the Arts & Crafts/Greene & Greene style furniture. I also like how it’s not as “beefy” looking as the norm.

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#12 posted 04-09-2011 05:07 AM

Thanks L/W and Paulo!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#13 posted 04-14-2011 02:35 PM

Hi Bob

I finally got back on lumberjocks and looked you up to see that chair – really great workmanship!

Coincidentally, my cushions are almost the same colour of leather, apparently great minds do think alike.

All the best


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#14 posted 04-14-2011 05:26 PM

Don –
Thanks for the compliment! Can’t wait to see your cushions when they come back from the upholsterer. Mine took 2 weeks for the leather to be ordered and then 4 weeks for them to be made. Hope yours won’t take as long.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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