Papa Bear's Chair

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Project by MKBurnett posted 03-17-2014 10:36 AM 1540 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first chair and one of my first projects. A different take on a Morris chair. I wanted it to be different, and since they tend to be very linear chairs, I chose to add as many slight curves as I could. I started with the vertical slats, which also gave it more of a three dimensional feel, which marched the legs. Then the arm rests, head, and even seat cushion curving into the front slat.
I didn’t have any power tools except for a borrowed miter saw – so, everything you see, minus the cuts, was done by hand.

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 11:56 AM

wow, excellent work. It turned out beautiful

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 06:11 PM

A very interesting take on the Morris chair, with outstanding results. Great work!

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#3 posted 03-17-2014 09:28 PM

Nice job on the chair – looks well-made and comfy!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#4 posted 03-17-2014 10:59 PM

Amazing job for one of your first projects. Very nice!

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 12:26 AM

Great looking Morris chair! I guess if you can do this kind of work with hand tools, you don’t need power tools!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 01:11 AM

By hand? WOW! Very nice.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 01:39 AM

Great first chair, looks very sturdy

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

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 02:27 PM

Impressive work! It came really beautiful and well crafted. Great design, looks really comfy and solid.

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 02:37 PM

This is nicely done and it’s a fine design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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