Bow-arm Morris chairs

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Project by Asa Christiana posted 05-25-2012 03:30 PM 4234 views 22 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my own take on the bow-arm Morris chair we had in Fine Woodworking:
I changed the design of the slats in the arms, going with a Mackintosh look.

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 03:31 PM

Very nice. Looks comfortable. I’ll be over shortly to sit in it…

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 03:38 PM

Looks great Asa ,a super design and a fine build.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-25-2012 04:55 PM


Glad to see you posting your projects here on Lj’s! This is a classic! Nice work. Very clean.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 05-25-2012 04:57 PM

Can’t beat this, it is just great….........;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#5 posted 05-25-2012 05:37 PM

Beautiful Asa! I take back everything I said about your podcast.
The choice of wood, fit, finish and upholstery are all beyond reproach.
Well done indeed.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 05-25-2012 05:44 PM

nice build. was just looking at that issue this past weekend, and have this chair saved as a future build (now just have to figure out where to fit it in the house ;) )

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 05-25-2012 05:57 PM

Beautiful – you really show off the wood.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Asa Christiana

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#8 posted 05-25-2012 07:41 PM

Thanks, all. Probably my favorite project so far. Sits perfectly, which you just don’t know until you park your butt. One piece of advice. Spring for real leather and real upholstery. I’m glad I did.

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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#9 posted 05-25-2012 08:27 PM

The upholstery does look nicer on this chair. Love how the mortise comes up through the arm.

-- CaptFerd

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#10 posted 05-25-2012 08:28 PM

Great work. A friend and I are building Morris Chairs this summer. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#11 posted 05-25-2012 08:28 PM

Very nicely made looks comfeee too LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Asa Christiana

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#12 posted 05-25-2012 08:39 PM

Those mortises up through the curved arms are the tricky part! Read out article (shameless plug) on how to pull it off cleanly. One cool tip, when chopping the mortises, I sat the arms on the same MDF form I laminated them on!

-- Asa Christiana (editor of Fine Woodworking)

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#13 posted 05-25-2012 08:58 PM

Very nice, great job!

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#14 posted 05-25-2012 10:49 PM

Now that is just showing off.
Seriously fine work there. Wonderful design too.

Good stuff,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 05-25-2012 11:31 PM

Very nice work in the A&C vernacular. Very nice indeed.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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