|Project by Mean_Dean||posted 03-20-2014 09:04 PM||3554 views||14 times favorited||38 comments|
This is the Morris chair I just finished. I used plans from Wood Magazine. It’s made out of QSWO, has bent arms, and an adjustable backrest. It’s heavy, too – weighs about 100 pounds! It’s finished with amber shellac, 1 1/2# cut. It has custom-made cushions out of faux leather.
34 ½” W x 41 1/8”H x 38”D
Now for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Good: The finishing schedule I used really makes the ray fleck pop! It’s a process of first dying the wood, then sanding down the raised grain, then hitting it with stain, and finally the shellac. Also, the legs are glued up around a core, so that you can choose the faces with the best ray fleck to use. I’ve previously laminated pieces to make legs, and I think I like this way better. Lastly, this chair is comfortable as heck!!
The Bad: The plans call for resawing the boards for the arms on the bandsaw. The arms are curved via bent lamination. My bandsaw sucks at resawing, so I had to resaw them on the tablesaw, which meant that the kerf was larger than the bandsaw’s, which meant that I wasn’t able to get each arm from a single board. So, if you look closely at the arms, you can discern the layers in the lamination. (I really need to get the Laguna 14”, but don’t have the $1200 laying around……..)
The Ugly: The backrest slats. I wasn’t able to get the concave face of them perfectly flat (while still being curved, if that makes sense.) They have some minor “humps” on them. No one else seems to have noticed them, but I know they’re there. The convex face of the slats, the back sides, I was able to get perfectly flat by hand sanding with a sanding block.
As always, comments and questions are appreciated!
-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN