The biggest project I have ever had..

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Project by Nick_R posted 09-02-2012 10:45 PM 2338 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first stab at something this large ….... and made to sit on! I used plans that someone posted on one of the forums for a Miller? chair. They were copied from a magazine, Popular Mechanics I think, but left out some detail… at least detail I needed. But the pictures worked… the next one I make will be a little quicker and neater.

Regardless, I used some old cedar I bought at a local wholesaler that had scraps and pieces at a great price. I bought all the cedar for $35, the screws cost about $7, half bottle of glue and a hinge so I guess all total was about $50.00

I have not applied the finish yet and I have a dilemma regarding the screw holes. I did not countersink them correctly so there is no room for plugs.. I thought of leaving them exposed, rustic look :-) , but I have also considered re-sawing a piece of cedar I have left and doing a veneer.. Don’t know but anyone’s advice would be appreciated.

Also, don’t know what is the best finish to use for cedar.. Can it be painted? spray poly? or leave it natural…

Advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks Jocks!

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 11:00 PM

I think you mean a ‘Morris Chair’. And I’m guessing Western Red Cedar(as opposed to Aeromatic Cedar). Nice work btw.

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 01:38 AM

beautiful chair.

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 03:10 AM

Good job !
Looks comfortable.

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 03:17 AM

I really like these chairs, stout and strong. As far as the countersink / plug problem … Start backing out screws and recountersinking is all i can come up with besides wasting a whole pile of bits. What type of screws did you use? Id hate to see you paint it, id vote ya leave em naked. Well done nick.

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 03:48 PM

Nice work … looks comfortable.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 07:50 PM

Nice looking chair, I would back as many screws out that are exposed to the weather and counter sink and then reinsert the screws and then fill in with 2 part epoxy mixed with sawdust.,then put on a clear coat of outdoor poly.

-- In His service ,Richard

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 10:17 PM

nice job

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 09-04-2012 01:58 AM

Nice chair Nick.

I’ve built a couple of these chairs. (Checkout my projects.)

A suggested by Richard, you can back the screws out, countersink them and then plug them.

As far a finish. DON’T paint it. Cedar does allow paint to adhere to it. It will peel off. Cedar needs to be stained if you’re going to put a finish on it. The Big Blue Box store has a very nice finish for cedar that can be tinted. I think it’s called Olympic Maximum Stain and Sealant Base 2. I think.

Anyways, enjoy your new chair!!


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#9 posted 09-07-2012 09:43 PM

I completed a Morris chair this weekend using the plans that were posted on another Jock’s project post. I was able to get through it, but the instructions were hard to decipher in some places, at least for me. So I took out Sketch Up and illustrated the build where I thought things were a little tough and add a few of my own changes.

It includes a cut list with total board feet, the original plans and the sketch up model images. You can download them here from my Drive account.

I hope they are helpful.

The original plans have good notes on screws, routing etc. so I left out that kind of detail. I built mine out of cedar planks, but I think any wood is applicable.



-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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