Morris Chair

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Project by Jim posted 10-16-2012 03:41 PM 3312 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Morris Chair is finally done. This was my latest class project from William Ng's School of Fine Woodworking in Anaheim, CA. This is the 3rd class I’ve taken at William’s school, but the first taught by him (other 2 were David Marks & Darrell Peart). For the 3rd time, another great class and a wonderful project to learn on. The chair is solid mahogany and done in a Greene & Greene style. The rails on the chair sides slope upwards from back to front at about a 7 percent angle so all the tenons for the slats are angled as well. Side and front & rear rails are through-tenons. The slats on the back are also curved for additional comfort. We made lots of use of William’s JDS Multi-Routers. I just had to have one of these so I build my own. Check out my multi-router project.

I had the leather upholstery work done by CA Upholstery in South Sacramento. I think they did a great job. Walt runs a small family shop (old school, no web site), but they’ve been doing it for many decades. I really like giving these types of businesses my money.

After sitting in it, I realized it really does need a matching ottoman. Also, the wife has said a second matching chair might be nice. I’m not sure if I want to do a second chair but I thought I might join William’s woodworking club and do a 3 day weekend trip with my wife down to Anaheim. I could do the rough part milling using William’s jigs, then bring home the parts. Might be nice to visit Mickey while we’re there as well.


-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 10-16-2012 04:18 PM

First off great job ona classic chair! I have always wanted to make one of these. How awesome that you have attened 3 great class’s.. All three of them are truly Masters and would be so much fun to spen time in thier class. I live so close I’m going to have to do one ral soon.

Nice work look fwd to seeing more.

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

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#2 posted 10-16-2012 04:22 PM

Beautiful chair! And what a wonderful experience attending those classes. I built a Morris chair awhile ago and had the same instinct that it needed an ottoman too! So I made one :) and use them all the time together.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 10-16-2012 04:36 PM

Very nice chair. I’m jealous, and would love to make one.

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 04:45 PM

Very nice work-nice chair. (Like the router project too.)
By itself the chair looks very comfortable, with the ottoman it must be a dream.
Like the oriental flair on the glue rack.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#5 posted 10-16-2012 04:49 PM

Good job. I have always wanted to do one of those.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 10-16-2012 04:51 PM

very nicely done!

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#7 posted 10-16-2012 05:14 PM

Great details on the corbels, through tenons, and pegs. These are the things that make even casual observers appreciate, and woodworkers drool.

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

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#8 posted 10-16-2012 06:29 PM

Great chsir, your craftsmanship shows through.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#9 posted 10-16-2012 10:53 PM

Nice job on the chair, Jim. An ottoman is a must, to get the most comfort from this chair. And you can’t have too many of these in your house. I have 4 of them,and my chaise lounge version, in my living room. Everyone always wants to set in one of these chairs.

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#10 posted 10-16-2012 11:38 PM

Excellent workmanship.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 10-17-2012 12:09 AM

Really nice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 10-17-2012 12:44 AM

This turned out great ,wonderful work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 10-17-2012 12:45 AM

Very nicely done! It is definitely great to expand your skill!

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#14 posted 10-17-2012 02:06 AM

Wow. Really nice. I can see that sitting in my office here, well, I could see myself sitting in that in my office. Love the lines on it. I wish we had classes like that here on the East Coast.

-- --- Patrick.

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#15 posted 10-17-2012 05:33 AM

Wonderful chair, 3 classes, that makes it even better for skill development, congrats

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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