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Morris Chair

5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

$100.00

The Bow Arm Morris Chair is a classic woodworking project with a rich history dating back to 1866.  Learn more!

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The Bow Arm Morris Chair is a classic woodworking project with a rich history dating back to 1866. The chair features a cushioned seat with a contoured reclining back. Our version of the chair is a play on the Mission style variation popularized by Gustav Stickley in 1904 and will feature bent laminated arms and back slats, tapered legs, and a complimentary footstool. Please note that while I plan to show the upholstery aspects of this build, this will be my first venture into that arena. We’ll learn together!

What You’ll Receive:

  • All materials delivered digitally, available immediately upon purchase.
  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Mortise & Tenon Joinery
  • Through Mortise & Tenon Joinery
  • Jig & Fixture Construction
  • Bent lamination
  • Tapered Legs
  • Large leg construction
  • Rapid Cherry Aging
  • Lacquer finishing via HVLP
  • Basic Drop-in Cushion Construction

What You’ll Need:

  • Jointer, Planer, Tablesaw, Bandsaw
  • Miter Saw, Drill, Router, Router Table
  • Drum sander makes bent lamination easier but is optional.
  • 15 BF of 8/4 lumber
  • 22 BF of 5/4 lumber
  • Half sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • As an alternative, purchase a kit for this project.

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  1. One person found this helpful
    Anthony

    5 out of 5 Beautiful Morris chair

    (verified owner)

    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.

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  2. 3 out of 3 people found this helpful
    ddsrod

    5 out of 5 Morris Chair Build

    (verified owner)

    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…

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  3. 3 out of 3 people found this helpful
    alexeygu

    5 out of 5 Looks so hard but great instruction

    (verified owner)

    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.

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  4. John

    5 out of 5 Morris Chair Build

    (verified owner)

    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.

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