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Morris Chairs #4: Side pieces cut to size

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Blog entry by Dave T posted 1780 days ago 692 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I didn’t get as much shop time as I would have liked to over the last couple of days, and the time I did spend I had to fix a couple of leg veneer whoopsies. Somehow through the repition of glueing the veneers on the 8 leg blanks, and all the pieces laying around I got myself confused on 2 of the leg blanks and glued the veneers on the wrong faces…DOH. Oh well plane cut them back down to the right size and cut new veneers and reglue. Problem # 1 solved. Trimmed up the veneers on the non screwed up legs and found a couple of the glue joints had opened up. I’m thinking maybe due to not enough clamping pressure or maybe I didn’t use enough clamps to pull it tight. So I cut those veneers off and started the process over. The leg blanks look much better now. While waiting for the glue to try on these I was able to cut all the spindles (74 of them to be exact). I only need 68 for the 2 chairs (17 per side), but I figured a few extra wouldn’t hurt. I then was able to get the upper and lower side rails cut for the sides.

Tomorrow back to work, but maybe can sneak a couple of hours in the shop when I get home in the afternoon to make some head way.

Thanks for reading.



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CaptainSkully

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#1 posted 1780 days ago

Nice! I’m glad to see you’re fixing your mistakes along the way. I know from personal experience that it’s frustrating, but you’ll have these chairs a long time, and you don’t want to have to see those boo-boos for the rest of your life.

I’m also glad to see that you’re making thin spindles. I think the wide spindles are great if you’re going to do an inlay or decorative cutout, but otherwise, the thin ones look more elegant to me.

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

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1780 days ago

A picture is worth….

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Dave T

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#3 posted 1780 days ago

Sorry Jim. I’ll get some new pics in the next entry. Didn’t want to show too much of my mishaps :) I kicked mysefl in the butt enough for that

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CaptainSkully

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#4 posted 1780 days ago

Is this what yours look like?

Bow Arm Morris Chair

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

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Dave T

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#5 posted 1779 days ago

Very similar. This is the Morris chari - Woodsmith
one I am working from. Haven’t quite decided on the cushions or the arms yet. I like the bow in the one in your post, but not sure I am up to that kind of challenge yet. Especially since my leg veneering experience so far has not gone very well LOL

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#6 posted 1744 days ago

are you doing the spindles and cuts for the foot rests at the same time??? just wondering since that would make it from the same wood stash…

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Dave T

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#7 posted 1741 days ago

Actually no. I originally wasn’t planning on the foot stool so I only bought enough stock for the chairs themselves. Now I wish I had bought more because I think I am going to build the foot stools to match.

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