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Forum topic by Betsy posted 11-06-2007 06:05 AM 1092 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2007 06:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: morris arm chair upholstry

I working on finishing up a Morris Arm Chair that is the product of a class I took this summer at American Sycamore in Indiana. I’m just about ready to put on a finish and have been considering my options on upholstry. I have never done upholstry myself nor have I farmed out a job like this. After spending so much money building the chair and ottoman I don’t want to be disappointed in the upholstry.

I’ve seen some of these chairs posted on this site and others, but would like to ask specifically about the upholstry.

With a chair of this sort that I hope to have around for a very long time, should I spend the extra bucks and have someone who knows what they are doing put in a spring cushion? I’ve thought about doing the upholstry myself and just doing a hard cushion but I don’t know if I could do it. What are your thoughts – is the spring cushion worth the extra money in comfort and long life or are spring cushions overrated and not a good investment?

I need to get a good book on upholstry I think to eductate myself on it a bit, but i would certainly be interested in the forum’s opinions.

Thanks in advance.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


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#1 posted 11-07-2007 05:16 PM

Betsy – It has been my experience that hiring professionals for professional work is the best way to go. We have upholstered two of our own Morris chairs, and….it was a mistake. We send everything out now and focus on what we do best…my two cents…

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#2 posted 11-07-2007 08:09 PM

That’s kind of what I’m thinking. I would not mind learning to do a bit of upholsty. But honestly, for what time, effort and expense I have in the chair and ottomon I’d hate for it to look bad just because I wanted to save a few bucks on the upholstry.

thanks for your two cents.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 11-07-2007 08:22 PM

Betsy – I took the same class at American Sycamore 2 years ago with my wife. Dale Barnard was a pleasure to work with and we had a great time building them. My fingers were black for a week from the tannins in the quartersawn white oak. So now we have 2 of those chairs and I built the ottomans to go with both of them. They are finished and still sitting awaiting upholstery. I have had absolutely miserable luck finding somebody who knows how to do them properly in leather. If I had more free time I’d learn how to do it myself. I’ll be watching anxiously to see how people respond because I’m still looking for the right person to upholster mine!

-- - Scott "handplane"

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#4 posted 11-07-2007 11:43 PM

The best I’ve seen in leather upholstery is the ones Mark Decou had done (his project is listed Morris Chairs & Ottomans http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57 )- you might send him a message, ”...his guy might know a guy…” kinda thing in your area.

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#5 posted 11-08-2007 04:27 AM

Scott – I actually know a lady in my church that is supposed to be a whiz at upholstry but I’m hesitant to use her just because if I’m not happy with the job I don’t want it to cause any friction at church. There is also supposed to be a guy in Dallas that tops (in both ability and price) that I’m trying to find.

Gnarly – I’ve seen Mark’s chairs—- they are marvelous. I’ll take you up on the idea of asking him. I’ll let you know what I find out.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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