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Forum topic by Mike posted 08-18-2009 05:30 AM 1376 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2009 05:30 AM

I have seen Morris Chairs with the side rails the same height as the front and lower than the front.
Not sure which I like best.

Have seen them with round rails, square rails and side panels, I like the panel idea.

Curved arms, straight arms, or a tapered arm. I like the tapered, it is flat about 6 inches back from the front then angles down the rest of the length from 24’ to 22’ or so. Like that better than laminating the arms.

Just some thoughts, as I work out my chair in my head and on paper and in sketchup.

Wondering if anyone has opinions on the Morris Chair.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#1 posted 08-18-2009 07:10 AM

mike, interesting questions, about things associated with the MC i have pondered myself.

when you say “panels”, could you mean wide slats, or do you mean the fully-paneled “prairie style, created by flw and adapted by leopold stickley?

have you intentionally not mentioned the “bent” arm, which is my preference.

let us know how we can help. pictures? books?

-- Raymond McInnis Washington State

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#2 posted 08-18-2009 11:51 AM

On the panels I have seen a few with carved panels or shaped panels in the side, takes up about 1/2 to 3/4 of the space front to back.

Feels more open then slats.

I really don’t like the bent arms, or curved.

And The cushions I was thinking about proud stitching in leather.

Brass pins for the adjusters with wood ends. Instead of just wood pegs.

Just kicking around Ideas needed a sounding board.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#3 posted 08-18-2009 12:03 PM

One thing about a Morris chair -it’s big. Be aware that they take a big footprint in a room.


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#4 posted 09-30-2009 05:41 PM

this is my favorite morris chair style

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#5 posted 10-04-2009 03:40 AM

There are a huge number of different sides on Morris Chairs. The one I made is from “Making Authentic Craftsman Furniture” which uses articles from the Craftsman magazine edited by Gustav Stickley. It has a lattice side and straight arms.

I would look at as many books as you can to see what pleases you most.

One of the reasons I made mine with a lattice side is that it was never in production and although the design is almost 100 years old, I have never seen one like it that actually has been made.


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