Morley Lounge Chair

Philip Morley

Philip Morley's Lounge Chair was heavily influenced by Mid-Century modern aesthetics, which is where its iconic shape is derived from. It was designed to be comfortable as well as a way to make a statement in any home. Just as important, it is grounded in traditional joinery making it a piece built with integrity.  

Dimensions: 30”D x 30"W x 29"H

  • 16 lessons
  • 374 min
  • $90.00
  • Morley Lounge Chair Templates

    If you want to hit the ground running and don't feel like making your own templates, add these to your order.

    Morley Lounge Chair CNC File

    A vector file in DXF format for use on a CNC, downloadable upon purchase.

This is an Advanced Project!

Advanced does not necessarily mean DIFFICULT. It simply means that there won’t be quite as much hand-holding as we normally feature in Guild projects. Philip uses very specific tools (such as the Pantarouter) in his work. While there are alternative options and he discusses and partially demonstrates them, this series doesn’t cover them completely. An experienced woodworker should have no problem substituting their own joinery preferences and tools.  

What will I receive?

  • 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.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What will I learn?

  • Learn to make bridle joints
  • Mortise and tenon joinery
  • Using spoke shave, hand planes to shape parts
  • Slip tenon joinery
  • Using templates and jigs for pattern routing to produce accurate and efficient parts
  • Use an “L” fence effectively
  • Importance of reference faces
  • Coping on table saw
  • Veneering for panels

What will I need?

Minimum material required: 3 BF of 4/4 Hardwood, 5 BF of 5/4 Hardwood, 10 BF of 8/4 Hardwood, 8 Sq Ft of Veneer (Accent Species), 1 Sheet 1/2″ Plywood


Table Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, Planer, Drill Press, Drill, Random Orbit Sander, Router, Router Table


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This looks like a fantastic project. Even if you don’t end up building the chair itself Phillip uses techniques that are nothing short of amazing. I have already thought of 59 ways the the L-fence would have saved me a ton of work.

Absolutely worth the money and time watching.

Raleigh beringer
Guild Member

I’m not finished yet with the two chairs I’m building but this has been the most fun I’ve had with woodworking so far in the few years I’ve been doing this.

Andrew Petee
Guild Member

Great instruction and camera work! Philip makes a challenging build very accessible to viewers, and he takes the time along the way to point out small details to pay attention to.

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Philip Morley was born in London, England. After a rough academic start, struggling with dyslexia, he found his true passion in trade school where he studied for four years to become a joiner under the City and Guilds program. Once graduated, Philip worked as joiner doing restoration work on various prestigious historical buildings in central London. After moving to the US, he studied with furniture designer Richard Chillcott in Ruskin, Florida for three years before moving to Texas where he apprenticed with Michael Colca for 7 years. He is now a contributing author to Fine Woodworking Magazine and has been published in Woodworker West and Woodskills Magazine. He has taught at Austin Community College, Marc Adams School of Woodworking and Austin School of Furniture and Design. Phil continues to build one-of-a-kind pieces in his small studio located on his property where he can be close to his family.