Bow Arm Morris Recliner

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Project by tenontim posted 2376 days ago 6417 views 15 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my trade mark chairs. I’ve made several of these over the years. This chair was made especially for the Texas Furniture Makers Show in 2006, where it took third place overall. The arms and back slats are steam bent from solid wood. The legs are made using the quadrilinear method. This allows the quarter sawn
figure to show all the way around the legs. This particular chair has been darkened using the ammonia fuming method. This finish required about 20 hours of fuming. The cushions are a coil spring, feather and foam construction. I’ve also attached a couple of pictures of other chairs with other finishes and built from other woods.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2376 days ago

I really like this chair. Arts and Crafts style furniture is my favorite style as well. The color of the fumed oak is gorgeous. The color and the through tenons are details that make this piece unique.

Do you do the upholstery as well or do you outsource this?

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 2376 days ago

Thanks, Scott. I designed the cushion composition for the seat and back and have them made by MinuteMan upholstery in NC. I do the leather upholstery myself. I started out as a chair maker/restorer when I was a teenager. I have a rocking chair,bar stool, and a bench on my web site that is a sample of some of the chair cane jobs that I do.

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#3 posted 2376 days ago

These are beautiful, good proportion of wood to leather, strength and grace. Tthe base looks strong and supportive, the back and armrest is thin and elegant. It invites me to cozy up with a wool blanket and read Finewoodworking.

-- Thuan

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#4 posted 2376 days ago

welcome to lumberjocks ! your work is spectacular. looking forward to seeiing more of it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 2376 days ago

I am very impressed. I think the chair and ottoman are superb.

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#6 posted 2376 days ago

Very nice chair. I really like to curved arms.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 2376 days ago

Great job on the chair. welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 2375 days ago

Your chairs are absolutely beautiful. I really like the finish and the leather seats really compliment the wood finish. Got to make one of these one day.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 2375 days ago

Beautiful chair, nice lines. You mentioned that you fumed the piece. Question. How do you know when the piece is “done”? I assume you test a few pieces of scrap wood but normally how long does it take to achieve that look. Once fumed then what? do you stain, or dye, or just add a finish wax or poly to protect. Do you have an availavle plan for your chairs? What are the dimensions of the jig you use to bend the arms? Sorry for all the questions but I would like to tackle something similar soon
great work!!!

-- surfdude

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#10 posted 2375 days ago

these sure do look comfy!
The arms are beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 2375 days ago

Very nice! A chair or two like this is on my “short list” of projects. Thanks for posting it .


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#12 posted 2375 days ago

Ok, Dude,
Here goes. You’re right, you put some small cut offs in the ammonia “tent” and pull one out about every hour or so to check the progress. Usually the wood will reach it’s max darkness in about 24 hours. Some wood will fume darker than others, depending on the amount of tanic acid in the wood. After it’s fumed to your liking, then just seal it with your favorite finish. There are mucho articles on the web about fuming. Any wood that has tanic acid in it will darken. Red oak has tanic acid, but gets a slightly green hue to it. Sap wood doesn’t contain tanic acid and will not darken. Be sure you use a respirator,gloves, long sleeve shirt, and swim goggles when you use ammonia. It WILL burn your lungs and eyes and any cuts or scrapes you might have exposed. The radius on the arms is about 60” if I remember correctly. I use the same for the back slats, since anything tighter than that will cause a weak tenon. I don’t sell or give out plans. Find one you like and adjust the size to meet your needs.

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#13 posted 2265 days ago

Gorgeous chairs!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#14 posted 2205 days ago

I enjoyed looking at your website, you are quite an artist with wood. I need to keep a closer tab on you!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#15 posted 2205 days ago

Thank you, Sir. I appreciate the positive reinforcement.

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