Morris Chair Lalapalooza #3: The End Products...

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Blog entry by schroeder posted 10-16-2007 12:10 AM 2165 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The rest…
I had cut the parts for the ottomans and glued up (after a dry fit) – I finished the glue up – Then everything into the fume tent. I put it all in with 33% ammonia for 24 hours at about 65 degrees. When they come out they are almost black, a deep shade of gray – After putting on a coat of Arm R Seal sealer, everything turned a rich Carmel color.

The final result – one of two finished and one of five in process.

I also built two tables that complimented the chairs. (both on spec) These took a lot of time, way more than I thought – there is no way I will make money after figuring the time, but still it’s a learning process.

That’s one complete chair, ottoman and side table. It’s been a fun project, but man am I sic of Morris chairs;), only three more to go~ I’ll post as a project once they are in the home and I have some good photo’s. Hopefully, the client will buy a table as well, as it really compliments the set.
Like I said at first, I have details if anyone wants to build a Morris Chair along these lines, I’d be glad to help!
That’s what I know; hopefully it was interesting and maybe even helpful!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 10-16-2007 12:54 AM

Schroeder -

Absolutely beautiful work! I really like the finished product – outstanding craftsmanship and finish work.



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#2 posted 10-16-2007 01:00 AM

like I said I love these… I wish my wife did and I would take you up on it…


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 01:26 AM


Ditto on both comments.

VERY GOOD JOB! Well documented for us all. Thank you.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 03:57 AM

Schroeder, you just plain rock. Beautiful (I gotta get a jug of that ammonia).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 10-16-2007 04:01 AM

Great Job Schroeder. Nice chairs and I hope that they buy everything and give you a bonus.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 10-16-2007 04:38 AM

Schroeder, They are indeed lovely. A great job. The finish is exceptional. Give yourself a pat on the back.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-16-2007 06:05 AM

Schroeder the chairs, ottomans and tables are outstanding! Nice job on finishing as well. I’ve been trying to talk myself into starting a Morris Chair – it is actually one of my goals that I want to accomplish before I take the dirt nap. Any help or information that you want to share will be greatly appreciated.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 10-19-2007 12:23 AM

Thanks all – It has been a fun project. I probably wouldn’t have lept into the fire without encouragement from friends and Lumberjocks. Cajunpen, when you get ready, let me know and I’ll share the tricks I’ve learned, maybe save you some grief! (no sense in re-learning the wheel)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#9 posted 10-19-2007 09:11 PM

Fabulous. Are you going to be doing the upholstering, or letter the buyer select that?

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#10 posted 10-30-2007 07:34 PM

You said you were making these as a sale. I would love to know if you were happy with the price and if the profit margin justified the hours of work you put in? Also I’d like to know what the construction of the seat bottom is like. I’m guessing the seat is made of upolstered foam over plywood since it looks like there is no support structure under the seat of the chair. My wife wants one so I’m going to start building it this winter. Thanks they are beautiful work!

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#11 posted 06-08-2008 05:06 PM

Excellent work!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#12 posted 12-31-2009 06:01 PM

I am planning a morris chair project of my own (very similar to yours). As a newbie your blog series, pictures, and sketch up are going to be a huge help. I think the majority of the project will be manageable enough. The biggest challenges that I see are going to be fitting the arms to the leg posts and top side rail. If you have any tips on this aspect of the project I would be happy to hear.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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