Morris Chair

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Project by Garyb6 posted 06-17-2008 06:55 PM 2330 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My most ambitious project. Built from a plan. I didn’t like the fabric for the cushions once I had it on and have since redone it in brown vinyl.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#1 posted 06-17-2008 06:59 PM

Very nice job. I like the color and the quartersawn oak. I’ve built one of these myself and know how much work they are. Looks great!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#2 posted 06-17-2008 07:10 PM

I’m with you on the ambitious part… I’m working on one right now, think I bit off more than I can chew.

Great job! I love the through tenons on the arms… I’m still trying to figure out how to cut the little pyramids on mine!

-- Robert Reznik - Albuquerque, NM -

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#3 posted 06-17-2008 08:15 PM

Very nice, I would love to make one of those some day but I haven’t gotten that ambitous yet. Looks great.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 06-17-2008 08:32 PM

very nice. i am in the process of making a morris style love seat,will post pics when it is done.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 06-17-2008 09:23 PM

This is on my future todo list as well. I love these chairs, you did an excellent job. One question: the arm rests, are they one piece, steam bent or did you do something else? The grain flows like one piece.

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#6 posted 06-17-2008 09:44 PM

It is actually two pieces but from the top you can only see one. I glued an additional piece of wood at the front 6 inches of the arm making it double the thickness. I then made a couple of 45 degree angle cuts to give the arm the “bent” look.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#7 posted 06-17-2008 10:18 PM

Nice looking chair. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 06-18-2008 12:47 AM

Looks great Gary. Nice Job. A Morris chair is on my list of projects I want to do, but right now it’s pretty far down the list that keeps growing the more I look at all the great projects here on LJ.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 06-18-2008 12:50 AM

Nice looking project. I agree about the fabric. It seems to distract from the beauty of the chair. Thank you for posting.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 06-18-2008 01:00 AM

Classic! It is on my to build list.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 06-18-2008 02:29 AM

The grain is perfectly exhibited by your stain and finish choice. Thanks for sharing

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#12 posted 10-14-2008 09:51 PM

I’m also gearing up for a couple of bow-arm Morris chairs. I really like your finish. Care to share the recipe?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#13 posted 03-22-2015 08:27 PM

Very nice chair

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

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#14 posted 03-22-2015 09:29 PM

Well done it looks great.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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