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Thread: This will be the slowest Morris Chair build ever!

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    This will be the slowest Morris Chair build ever!

    Hello all:

    I'm embarking on what is likely to be the slowest recorded Morris Chair build.

    Several weeks ago I went out to Long Island and picked up some White Oak from Allen Levine. Since that time I have been shuffling the lumber around my shed and garage waiting for the plans to arrive.

    I'm using the Wood Magazine plan and started today.

    I rough cut one of the boards and proceeded to spend a good bit of the afternoon planing the rough cut oak do to 3/4" for the 3 part lamination of the legs. The oak is just a little too thin to get the 2-1/4 inch thickness in 2 thicknesses.

    I have cut the stock for the 4 legs (12 - 3/4 x 2-1/4 x 23 pieces) and have glued up the first leg.

    My Grizzly portable planer got quite the workout. White oak is hard and heavy. Pic #1 is the contents of my chip collector after all the surfacing was completed.

    Pic #2 is the first leg glued up and clamped. I have to round up my C-Clamps - these F-Clamps are a little too long for a 2-1/4" glue up.

    Pic #3 is some of the other stock for the rest of the chair. This is the wifes side of the garage, so I had to shuffle the lumber around today. The stock is 1-1/8 to 1-1/4 rough cut with some cupping.

    The plan requires a lot of 1/2" stock - I'm going to need to do a rough resaw of the lumber before planing. Brute forcing 1/2 of the stock into chips is too tough on my little planer. My cheesy Craftsman band saw is going to like that task either.

    Anyway - I'm on my way with this project. . .

    Cheers

    Jim
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    hey jim you would get more in the can if you filled the center to

    lookun forward to following this one
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    Alright, a project in progress looking forward to following you on this. Some of Allen's wood,wood magazine plans, and your fine craftsmanship will make for a good chair

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    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    Hey Chuck how bout sharing.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Sure Don did you bring any pop?
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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    YUp how bout a Sam.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    If the plan you're using is a bent-arm design, I'll suggest (from experience) that you laminate the arms BEFORE you cut the arch at the top of the side assemblies the arms sit on. Use the completed lamination to mark the cuts on the sides, so you can make sure the arms sit down flat on the sides.

    And don't skimp on the upholstery. Poor upholstery can really make a difference in the comfort (or lack of) in the chair.

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    Its nice to see your making sawdust and getting busy Jim. Will look foward to the finished product.

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    Okay - It's time for a status update . . . .

    Over the course of the week I did the glue up of the laminated legs. Sorry no pictures of them.

    Today I spent some time preparing the stock for the chair's frame. Since this stock is 1-1/16th thick it required much fewer trips thru the planer to get to desired thickness.

    Picture #1 is the rough cut stock bundled and stacked on the table saw. Lot of burn marks huh?

    Picture #2 is a view into MY side of the garage from the outside. You can see my Grizzly planer in the foreground and my chip collection system to the right of it. To the left is my portable work table - it's a maple table top on a converted Hirsch Saw table (where you mount a circular saw upside down and use it as a table saw). I picked the parts up garbage picking and it makes a great horizontal surface during projects.

    Picture #3 is the view into LOML's side of the garage. I've slipped my Jet Mini Lathe and Craftsman Bandsaw into the front of her side.

    Picture #4 is a view from LOML's side across to the rear on my side. You can see the Chop Saw on the BIG WHITE CHOPSAW STAND in the far corner. Some more rough stock is sitting on the saw horses next to the Chop Saw and my grinder with homemade jig is sitting on the rough stock.

    The garage is fair game for WW projects during the fair weather, but once it gets COLD the cars come inside at night.

    I DID pick up a Jet Benchtop Mortiser on CL this week (no pic but it's not a huge gloat either). That should make the mortising for this porject a little easier.

    Cheers

    Jim
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