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    Morris Chairs, Revisited

    Hi,

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    By request I am posting these chairs. I made them in 2004. I used 5-6 different plans for design ideas and proportions, the base of my choices was a plan by Canadian woodworker Gary Walchuck.

    I made one chair with book matched curly cherry and flame birch










    The second chair was made using curly quarter sawn white oak (talk about HEAVY)








    Both chairs were finished with clear oils and a top coat of a poly/oil /thinner mix.

    The leather work was done by Barrington’s in Toronto, great guys there

    Take care,
    Jim

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    Jim, I'm in awe. Every detail is superb. The wood is fantastic and your grain match sets it off. Joinery, proportion and finish are beautiful. If I'm ever in Ontario, I want to sit in these chairs.

    Thanks for posting

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    Beautiful work Jim, just beautiful!

    DT

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    Un-Believable. Sending this link to my wife so she can see.

    Very nice job!
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    Well Jim, the rules here prevent me from typing the first words that came out of my mouth when I saw the cherry/birch chair, nor can I repeat what I said out loud when I saw the oak version.

    Suffice to say, I'm blown away. Gorgeous wood and excellent work.
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    I QUIT.......... Both Chairs are BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!!!


    Bill

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    Jim, those are VERY nice, thanks for the inspirational chairs, and they look as comfy as heck too

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    I "still" love these chairs!

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    wow, jim those are great....very very nice

    thanks for sharin them again

    chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Shaver View Post
    By request I am posting these chairs. I made them in 2004. I used 5-6 different plans for design ideas and proportions, the base of my choices was a plan by Canadian woodworker Gary Walchuck.
    Hey Jim!!

    Was that an issue of CHW that you got Gary's plans from? If so, do you remember which? I have it back to about '97, I should go have a look for it if I ever get the urge to make one of these to match my love seat.

    From the very last photo it looks like there is a plug in the arm. Are the arms screwed + plugged to connect them to the corbels below?

    And about the tilting mechanism...
    Attachment 11856

    ...Are those dowels just held in those holes with friction? Are they solid and stable? I would worry that that is one area where things would wear. Hmm, I suppose you could put a rare earth magnet on the dowel and in the holes...

    Tell me more?

    best,
    ...art

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