Morris Chair

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Project by Aries Bergsma posted 05-20-2011 03:40 PM 2292 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine is retiring from his position as an educator after 35 years, I thought what would be appropriate than to build him a chair, I don’t think he will be spending his retirement in it all the time, I used lumber i had from an old barn which we tore down many years ago, the front legs are black ash and the rear are basswood, the slats and supporting structure is white ash and the arms are white oak. As I do with all duplicate projects I make two are never the same each has it’s own identity as does this. On each side of the chair in the middle wide style I have crved one of his initials P one one side and S on the other.

-- AGB

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 04:00 PM

Thats a beautiful morris chair, great job.

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 04:25 PM

Very nice!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 06:32 PM

Really nice chair.I am going to build a Morris chair before I leave this planet! Is this your own design?
Will you make your own leather cushions?

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 06:36 PM

Very nice Morris Chair!

May I ask where you got the plan for this chair?


-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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Aries Bergsma

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 09:13 PM

The chair is my own design, I had made 4 before this and each time I try to make it a little different. I have a friend who does the cushions

-- AGB

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 11:20 PM

That’s awesome, I love the work of Morris and the work he has inspired. Looks very comfortable. The benefit of building a chair is that when you’re done you can have a seat and admire your own work. Nice job.

I have also seen a variation on the back slats where they are forced into a curved position, allowing a small amount of spring when you lean back, which must be very comfortable. Alan Peters, who in essence descended from Morris’ ideologies and practice, produced a plan for a chair like that in his book “Cabinetmaking: The Profesional Approach”.


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#7 posted 05-29-2011 04:02 AM

Nicely done

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#8 posted 08-01-2011 05:54 PM

Do you have any blue prints for these chairs? I sure would like to make me some. You build a great chair!

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#9 posted 08-01-2011 10:12 PM

I found these plans in an issue of Wood magazine, it had all the specific details

-- AGB

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