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This was my first Guild build, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It far exceeded my expectations. The Sketchup models were very helpful to see how each component mated with the others. The videos, as always, were very helpful, too. I changed the design up to personalize it for my own Southwest flavor preferences. The chair is mesquite with a Native American weave pattern for the upholstery. I also modified the legs to be straight so that I could make the best use of a particularly nicely figured piece that I resawed and bookmatch veneered around all four legs. The customer (me) is very pleased with it!
This was my most involved project yet. A lot of “firsts” for me as well, including the first real “fine furniture” build.
Marc did another exceptional job breaking down tasks and making them easier to tackle.
The chair is beautiful and I couldn’t be happier.
This is a really great project, and well worth the purchase. I learned many new techniques, and thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. The instruction is clear, and Marc makes the “advanced” techniques approachable. I think I’m going to make another one.
I really enjoyed building this Morris chair. The instructions and detail Marc provides breaks the whole project down to a series of steps making a complex project much simpler to tackle. I learned a lot of new skills and techniques during this build, but never felt lost or unsure how to proceed. My wife and I love our new chair and can’t wait to start on the next project.
I have wanted a Morris chair for our NC mountain home for more than 10 years. This project was perfect. I brought NC QS white oak back to my shop in Florida and watched the video sessions over and over in an attempt to learn the many skills involved in this elegant project. As Marc says, it seems complex and a bit overwhelming at first, but, broken down into the many incremental steps and with the help of jigs, simple and complex, the project becomes doable and very satisfying. Now that I have all the bending forms and jigs, I can’t wait to make another and hope my kids will fight over who inherits the heirloom piece when I have returned to sawdust.
I have built a few of the guild projects. I have enjoyed them all. This one was my favorite so far. It took me a long time to get through. No major mishaps….just time and motivation issues. The bent lamination was a blast. I had to educate myself a lot about my bandsaw. Three blades, new tires, later….My bottom shelf Rigid band saw works like a champ!!!!! Thanks for a great set of videos etc…
This build initially looked out of reach and way too difficult. Marc did an incredible job breaking everything down. Even if you don’t build the chair itself, you learn a ton including bent laminations and some cool mortise and tenon joinery.