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Project by rjb37 posted 10-01-2013 08:52 PM 1371 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first and only chair. This was meant to be a prototype with the yet to be made second one being done in white oak. This chair is all poplar stained walnut and finished with amber shellac with 6 coats of wipe on poly applied to the arms.
My wife picked out the fabric for the cushions and for once I liked what she chose.
I kind of winged this chair. The seat 3” higher than most chairs (easier on my knees) and I put straight arms on mine. You can’t put a dinner plate or a drink on a curved arm.
The ottoman I made too high. The guy that upholstered it explained to me that the top of the ottoman shouldn’t be any higher then the top of the front rail. So I now have a bench seat.
I still haven’t made the second one but maybe someday…...

-- accidental woodworker

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#1 posted 10-01-2013 08:56 PM

Nice work a fine looking Morris style chair.

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#2 posted 10-01-2013 10:15 PM

Very nice Morris style chair—reminds me a great deal of the one my grandmother had, except hers did not have an ottoman, rather it had a pull out basket under the seat that held magazines/books and could be used as a foot rest.

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#3 posted 10-02-2013 01:35 AM

Nice Morris chair, I would like to build one but don’t know if I have the space in my house for one.

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#4 posted 10-02-2013 01:50 AM

Love the way these look. I’ve been wanting to build a morris chair for a while now, but am nervous about attempting it. You did an awesome job. The fabric selection is great as well.

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#5 posted 10-02-2013 02:44 AM

How very inviting that is. Congratulations on a fine furniture build!


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#6 posted 10-02-2013 06:41 AM

Great job.

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#7 posted 10-02-2013 07:55 AM

Love Morris chairs, well done….

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#8 posted 10-02-2013 10:14 AM

the ottoman can be any height that is good for you..if you have swollen ankles, the extra height helps. good job on the chair.

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#9 posted 10-02-2013 08:34 PM

Thanks to all for the compliments. I’ll make sure my wife knows the fabric was a winner.
As an aside, all the slats in the chair and the ottoman are each in a separate mortise and all the rails are joined to the uprights with through tenons. Maybe that’s why the oak one hasn’t been built yet.
I have two baskets that I am going to put under the chair. Thanks for that tip. I’m sure that my wife will buy into that one.
If you want to build one, start with the ottoman first. All the joinery in that is similar to what you’d do for the chair.

-- accidental woodworker

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