Stickley No. 336 Bow Arm Morris Chair

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Project by 489tad posted 06-21-2020 10:57 PM 1995 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From Robert W.Lang’s Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture. I made a version of the No. 336 Morris Chair in quartersawn oak. The drawings in the book have enough information to make the chair. The chair is made wider than plan. I used steam bent lamination for the arms and back slats. The book has a section about Stickley’s use of the quadralinear leg to achieve quartersawn grain on all four sides. I chose that style for this build. I will blog it here. The ottomans construction is the same and the side table design is from Finewoodworking article “FW1124”. The finish is stain, shellac, wipe on poly and wax. In the pictures I used couch cushions. The cushions I had made will have to be remade.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#1 posted 06-22-2020 01:15 AM

Simply awesome. I like the designs and execution. Well done and great choice of color.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 06-22-2020 02:17 AM

I ordered full size plans for building a bow arm Morris chair a couple years ago and just getting around to building it right now, in fact I just finished up the cut list and laid out the mortises in the quadralinear legs today. The plans I have call for using bent lamination for the arms. There is a video series on constructing this chair by Greg Paolini on Fine but did not include the ottoman I will have to look up the FWW issue on this Very nice book matched fleck on the arms

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#3 posted 06-22-2020 04:39 AM

That’s really super. The upholstery compliments the wood very nicely.

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#4 posted 06-22-2020 05:37 AM

Turned out purity nice, Krenov’s method with Rift cut is what I like for legs.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 06-22-2020 10:06 AM

Nice job!

-- Petey

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#6 posted 06-22-2020 01:46 PM

Love craftsman! Love the PROUD!

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#7 posted 06-22-2020 05:01 PM

Love that wood figure…. simply stunning.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#8 posted 06-22-2020 05:11 PM

Thanks guys. It was a lot of fun to build.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 06-22-2020 07:24 PM

I’ve always loved the Stickley #336 design. I turned one into a Bow Arm Rocker for the August 2020 issue of Popular Woodworking. I based it off dimensions from a real antique Gus Stickley #336. I also wrote an article on Morris Chair upholstery in that same issue.

Crafting has sort of a snowball effect. Hey, let’s build a chair. Hey, let’s learn leather upholstery, and on and on.
Great job on your project. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#10 posted 06-22-2020 10:42 PM

Flat out beautiful Dan! Great craftsmanship on display.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#11 posted 06-23-2020 06:06 AM

Nice set. Bob’s books are a steal for the ideas they give you.

I can see a nap in your future, looks comfy.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 06-23-2020 12:50 PM

Badass in full Dan!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#13 posted 06-24-2020 02:59 AM

You did a great job on this build. The figure and rays are awesome. Where did you get the QSWO?
It’s just my opinion only that the finish and flicks on this chair would really pop if it had black or dark brown leather upholstery.
Where did you get the book of drawings?

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 06-24-2020 03:34 AM

Wow, very nice indeed. Congrats on finishing, I’m sure that’s a great feeling!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#15 posted 06-24-2020 06:16 PM

Really beautiful chair and stunning finish. Nice write up on the legs as well, thanks!

-- -- Tyson

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