Morris chair back from upholsterer's

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Project by DonH posted 1229 days ago 1564 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the final result with cushions and completed footstool (there are two – the other is with a leather chair)

Thanks for all the interest in this project. A plan and how to article on an almost identical chair is available in the latest Popular Woodworking magazine.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#1 posted 1229 days ago

Great job Don

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1229 days ago

Beautiful job. I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while now. This has really got me to thinking about it again. Thanks.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#3 posted 1229 days ago

Beautiful Morris Chair!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 1229 days ago

Great lookig chair. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 1229 days ago

I really like your chair and your selection of leather is perfect! I need to build my footstool soon. What are your working on now?

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#6 posted 1229 days ago

Very nice Don.
This came out really well. I like it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 1229 days ago

Very, very nice, DOn.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 1229 days ago

Looks like a great place to kick back and read some blogs on Lumberjocks.. :)
nice project/s, and very nice coverings

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 1229 days ago

Hi all

Thanks for the kind comments. Next project is a pair of arts and crafts floor lamps to complete the collection and then I guess I have to reno the room to make it more (modern?) arts and crafts. I guess that will be hardwood floor, new mouldings and trim, fireplace mantle and a paint job. But first….gardening and boating season are supposedly coming.

All the best for the summer


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#10 posted 1228 days ago

Wonderful work, great color combo also

-- Norman

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#11 posted 1228 days ago

Beautiful work Don, The wood looks great.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 1228 days ago

Hi Norm and tinnman65

Thanks for looking


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#13 posted 1225 days ago


Beautiful Morris Chair!

Couple of questions, if that’s ok: Which issue of Popular Woodworking are the plans in? And how did you finish the wood?

I’d like to build a Morris Chair (or Gustav Stickley Armchair, for which I can find no plans…..) and am looking for a good plan.


-- Dean

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#14 posted 1224 days ago

Hi Dean

The latest issue of Polular Woodworking is on the stand now and that has the construction article and plans in it for the morris chair.

I hand scraped the wood then stained it with about a 50/50 mix of oldmasters gel stain – cherry and dark walnut. That was followed by a coat of Lee Valley tung oil sealer and three coats of a 50/50 blend of tung oil sealer and polymerized tung oil. See the Lee Valley site for details on tung oil and blending.

Hope this helps


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#15 posted 1223 days ago

That is a very nice looking Morris chair and ottoman! This set is on my “must do” list, you pulled it off perfectly!

-- Gary - Carson City, NV - "Every man looks upon his wood pile with a sort of affection." — Henry David Thoreau

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