Morris chair restoration

After completing my bathroom vanity and cabinet, I decided to work on a simple, quick project. Was I ever mistaken! What I thought would be just retying a few springs, replacing a spindle, regluing the carved additions to the chair feet, and reupholstering two cushions turned into a major project.

Had I known then what I know now, I may have simply discarded the chair . . . but it was my grandparents’ chair and has sentimental ties so I pressed on through the long, tedious project. (I don’t know the full history behind the chair but Dad, who is 102, doesn’t remember a time when they didn’t have it. I think it may have been old when my grandparents got it.)

As you can see, I really haven’t changed a lot over the years!

I am quite delighted with the final results, but couldn’t afford to support myself with a project like this. It took me all summer to complete!

You can check progress photos on my blog.

Woods: oak maple scrap

Tools: tablesaw table saw bandsaw band saw chisels sanders lathe

Tags: morris chair antique antique restoration restoration rebuild upholstery reupholstery refinishing


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Brian ...

Nice restoration. Restoring furniture is not easy. It’s very nitpicky, detail oriented work that often balloons in scope. The couple of times I’ve tried it, I ended up with complete disassembly and regluing with several new parts I had to make. That doesn’t even take into account the sanding and refinishing which is a bear of a job when you have detailed relief like your chair has. A lot of effort for stuff that will never be seen and even more for the stuff that does get seen. Good job.

lightweightladylefty ...

Thanks Brian. I’m finishing up a frame now for the ancient photo of me snoozing in the chair. I used the old upholstery for the mat. Maybe I’m a little too nostalgic!


RobsCastle ...

Hello L/W
I thought I had commented along the way but it seems i didn’t

A very good job and a well deserved snooze… tee hee!

lightweightladylefty ...

Thanks Rob. We’re enjoying it.


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