|Project by TheeWoodShed||posted 03-04-2013 09:39 PM||2120 views||7 times favorited||17 comments|
This was my first attempt at building a Morris Chair. I’d never done mortise and tenon joints by hand so for this project, I built this chair and ottoman from 5/4 pine pallets. I wanted to learn how to do things right so I thought it wouldnt cost me but a few dollars if I screwed up the mortise and tenon joints! I should admit, I did mess up two of the legs, so instead of four legs for this chair I ended up making six. This chair had 26 mortise and tenon joints, but now, I love doing them!
The cost on this chair was the foam, a 6” high density foam. I found a company in North Carolina that uses soy bean oil to make their foam. So a 24”x 72” was less than $80, compared to the local fabric store wanting $185 for same size. Then I bought the fabric on sale for 50% off. So less than $150 for the cushions for the three pieces! This part, the cushions, was my biggest worry. I read that so many guys paid out huge dollars for the material and foam. Then their upholstery gal charged them upwards of $350 to $500 for some. I was able to barter for mine. The lady needs 2 benches shortened and we exchanged her sewing skills for my woodworking!
I thoroughly enjoy the barter system. You both get what you want and need!!!
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