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Stickley 2340 Bow Arm Morris Chair in Hard Maple

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Project by RipFence posted 06-09-2021 11:09 PM 817 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All:
Here is my latest project, a replica of 1901 Stickley 2340 Bow Arm Morris Chair. Its made entirely of hard maple that was salvaged from the building I work in during a remodel.
Arms and back slats are steam bent (wood was soaked in Downy fabric softener for 2 weeks before steaming). Finish is medium luster polymerized tung oil from Sutherland Wells. Cushions are from a Bassett chair I bought off of craigslist just to get the cushions.
All construction is dowel-pinned loose tenon, including the through tenons on the arms.
I’ve never seen any Stickley done in maple and I’m pretty happy with it.
Cheers,
Jim





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pottz

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#1 posted 06-09-2021 11:55 PM

nice work,i could fall asleep in that real easy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 06-10-2021 01:10 AM

Looks great! Love your aquistion of another chair just for the cushions. I know little about bending wood and find it interesting that Downy is part of the process.

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#3 posted 06-10-2021 01:19 AM

Now that I think about it, Stickley seems to only use cherry, oak, and sometimes walnut. I have one of their G&G rocking chairs in walnut, a reclining version of the Morris bow arm chair, a couple of bow arm chairs, and a bow arm sofa, all in cherry. I can’t say that I’ve seen any maple in their catalog.

Looks like a fine addition to go with the chair and foot rest in the background. Well done.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 06-10-2021 01:21 AM

Very nice work. I don’t know jack about bending wood but I REALLY want a chair like this next to my stone fireplace. All that’s missing is a pipe, some bourbon, and a good book.

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#5 posted 06-10-2021 01:44 AM

A really great looking classic chair.

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#6 posted 06-10-2021 02:22 AM

There was an earlier post I read discussing craftsmanship. You chair defines it perfectly!!!!!

-- Dan, TN

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#7 posted 06-10-2021 03:11 AM

Great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 06-10-2021 08:15 AM

Love the use of repurposed Maple, maybe not strictly kosher, but it sure kicks buttocks. That pre-broken in seat/back combo is bad azz. Looks like a slumberfest getting ready to start. :-)

Killer build.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 06-10-2021 12:54 PM

Looks great. Had to look at the pics several times. That is some fine wood working.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#10 posted 06-10-2021 08:45 PM

That looks really good in maple! How did you know to use Downy before steaming. I had never heard of that before. When I was making rings I had trouble with highly figured wood. I might have to give that a try, thanks for the info.

Is the one in the back a genuine Stickley or did you build that one also?

-- John D, OP, KS

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#11 posted 06-11-2021 12:59 AM

Thanks to all of you for the kind words!

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#12 posted 06-11-2021 01:55 AM

I originally found the info about Downy on a forum where a guy was talking about making hockey sticks for his grandkids. I gave it a try, originally with kiln dried white oak, and it worked great. Gotta leave the pieces long for soaking so you can cut off the inevitable checks that will open up in the ends.
The chair in the background is the Bassett we bought for the cushions. It now has some cushions from an old sofa.


That looks really good in maple! How did you know to use Downy before steaming. I had never heard of that before. When I was making rings I had trouble with highly figured wood. I might have to give that a try, thanks for the info.

Is the one in the back a genuine Stickley or did you build that one also?

- awsum55


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#13 posted 06-11-2021 02:44 AM

Nice work. I like the shift to seeing a morris chair in something other than oak.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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RipFence

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#14 posted 06-11-2021 03:20 PM

Initially I was reluctant to use anything but quartersawn white oak. But my girlfriend is heavily involved in recycling and sustainability so using reclaimed lumber had a special appeal. Now I’m completely sold on the maple and will be building a sofa and coffee table to match.


Nice work. I like the shift to seeing a morris chair in something other than oak.

- swirt


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#15 posted 06-11-2021 05:28 PM

Very resourceful in many regards. Especially sourcing the cushions from a Bassett chair! Amazing. They look custom made to fit.

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

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