Morris Chair

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Project by bobthebuilderinmichigan posted 1209 days ago 2286 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 1209 days ago

Nice looking morris chair.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1209 days ago

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 1209 days ago

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 1209 days ago

Fine looking specimen Bob. I like that chestnut.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 1209 days ago

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 1209 days ago

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 1209 days ago

Very good looking, wonderful work! Stephen

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#9 posted 1209 days ago

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 1209 days ago


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 1209 days ago

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 1208 days ago

Thanks L/W and Paulo!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#13 posted 1203 days ago

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 1203 days ago

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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