Morris Chair

Marc Spagnuolo

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.

  • 19 lessons
  • 278 min
  • $100.00

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.


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!

Mick Simon
Guild Member

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.

Guild Member

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.

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of the book Hybrid Woodworking. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also the owner and operator of The Wood Whisperer Guild and the Wood Talk Podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.