This step by step diy woodworking project is about free morris chair plans. This article features detailed instructions and step by step diagrams for building a beautiful morris chair. This wooden chair is a great addition to any home as its exquisite look will add value to your property. Follow the instructions and build this amazing chair in just one weekend.
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- A – 2 pieces of 3×3 lumber – 27 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 25 1/4″ long LEGS
- B – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 20″ long, 2 pieces 0f 1×6 lumber – 20″ long, 1 piece – 24″ long APRONS
- C – 10 piece of 1×2 lumber – 7″ long BALUSTERS
- D – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 24″ long, 3 pieces – 18 1/2″ long FRAME
- E – 7 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 24″ long SEAT
- F – 6 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 24″ long BACKREST
- G – 2 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 26″ long ARMRESTS
- 2 pieces of 3×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece 1×4 lumber – 8 ft
- 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 8 ft
- 5 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8 ft
- 2 1/2″ screws
- 1 1/4″ screws
- wood putty, wood stain
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Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level
Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander
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How to build a morris chair
The first step of the project is to build the sides for the morris chair. As you can easily notice in the diagram, you need to use 3×3 lumber for the legs, 1×4 lumber for the top support and 1×6 lumber for the bottom support. Make 5 degree cuts to the top of the posts and to the top support.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints, in order to create a rigid structure.
Next, you need to install the balusters to the sides of the morris chair. Use 1×2 lumber to build the balusters. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the balusters and secure them into place using 1 1/4″ screws. Place the balusters equally-spaced, if you want to get a symmetrical result.
Continue the project by fitting the front apron to the morris chair. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 1×6 apron and secure it to the legs, by using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.
Build the seat frame out of 1×3 slats. Cut one end of the side supports at 85 degrees. Drill pocket holes at both ends if the 18 1/2″ long supports and secure them to the perpendicular components using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth. Align the edges before inserting the screws.
Fit the seat frame to the structure of the morris chair, as described in the diagram. Place the seat 3/4″ below the top edge of the front apron. Drill pilot holes through the frame and secure it to the aprons using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to enhance the bond of the components.
Next, you need to attach the 1×3 slats to the seat frame. Place the slats equally spaced and secure them into place by inserting 1 1/4″ screws, after drilling pilot holes.
Build the backrest for the morris chair out of 1×4 slats. Cut the components at the right size and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Use a jigsaw to round the top of the vertical supports. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal slats and secure them to the supports by using 1 1/4″ screws. Place the slats equally-spaced and secure them tightly together.
Fit the backrest to the structure, as described in the diagram. Drill pilot holes through the vertical supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the back legs. Leave no gaps between the components.
Build the armrests out of 1×4 lumber. Make the cuts to the slats and secure them to the legs using 1 1/4″ brad nails and glue.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden garden chair from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
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What did you mean by this for the seat frame: “Cut one end of the side supports at 85 degrees.” If you could please let me know I would greatly appreciate it; love the chair!
It means you need to set the miter saw at 5 degrees. After you make the cut, the piece will have an 85 degree angle end. I hope this helps.
Makes sense, thank you!