Stickley Morris Chair

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Project by dorran posted 12-06-2011 02:48 AM 3990 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood: Quartersawn red oak.
Finish: Ammonia fumed,BLO,shellac,wax.
A couple of firsts: first chair and first time steam bending(back slats). Thanks to help in the forum for a newbie steaming.
The chair is slightly wider and taller than the plan(craftsman plans). The wood told me to do it.
All through tenons and back slat tenons were cut by hand since they are not 90 degree.
The ottoman is my design matched to the chair except it is all 90 degree cuts. It has a compartment under the cushion for storing junk.
The cushions cost ~$100foam, $50 batting and fabric, and $100 in labor. Way cheaper than leather and easier to clean.

Thanks For Looking.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 05:19 AM

Wonderful job! Great looking chair and ottoman.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 06:18 AM

Wow that’s a great job, specialty if that’s your first chair. If you wouldn’t mind sharing the plans or were you got them from I really would love to do something like that

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 06:31 AM

That is a step of faith to go into steam bending for the first time. Good job on all the joinery, you will have a chair to last a life time or two.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 06:31 AM

Beautiful Morris chair a Job well done

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 02:03 PM

Great looking chair and ottoman! I like your idea around the cushions too; the leather ones I’ve looked at cost a fortune.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#6 posted 12-06-2011 02:43 PM

Excellent workmanship and beautifully chosen wood – I like it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 12-06-2011 04:49 PM

Beautiful Classic! Congrats on the firsts!

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#8 posted 12-06-2011 05:51 PM

This is a great peice. I want one REALLY bad, but my wife HATES them. I’ll get my way (someday). I like the idea of extra storage under the ottoman.

Thanks for sharin

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#9 posted 12-06-2011 06:02 PM

Great job. I see one of those in my living room some day. Hope it looks that nice.

-- Bryan

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#10 posted 12-06-2011 06:13 PM

Can’t say anything that has not already been said so, ditto everything above. Yoy did a great ob on something that I really would love to have but like Pdl, my wife hates them but I someday will have my way and build me one and get to bring it into the house. Don’t get me wrong, she like A&C furniture but dislike the Morris chairs with the utmost passion. Go figure.
Thanks for posting.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#11 posted 12-07-2011 04:34 AM

Thanks for the comments.
Vii, I got the plans at
WudnHevn, it’s red oak. It fumes(darkens) like white oak but looks a little grey/green after fuming. The green color goes away when the oil hits. Unfortunately some boards darken more or less than others but I kinda like the color variation as a natural phenomenon.

Never realized how many women disliked Morris chairs. I guess it won’t help pick up any chicks.
Had some much trouble with the site speed yesterday. Seems better today.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#12 posted 12-07-2011 06:48 PM

Great looking Morris Chair. I have want to make one of these for a while now. Well done!

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

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#13 posted 04-08-2014 05:17 PM

Great Morris chair. Did your plans call this a #332?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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