Wicked Smaht Adjustable Back Armchair Woodworking Plans & Pattern Templates

Commonly known as a Morris chair, this project is on the bucket list of almost every woodworker. The square posts, front and back, and angled side rails create the trapezoid-shaped base. With huge sweeping arms, through mortise-wedged tenons, and a curved adjustable back, this build will show off your patience and craftsmanship. 

This Adjustable Back Armchair project plan was developed by Tommy MacDonald, whom you may have seen on Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac. The project instruction booklet is designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to build this classic chair and do it well. For those of you who like to save a ton of time, precision pattern templates are also available. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned woodworker, building the Adjustable Back Armchair is sure to elevate your skills.


In 2010, Tommy and WGBH launched the television series Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac. As the co-creator, co-executive producer, designer, builder, and host of the show, Tommy introduced his unique sensibilities and you-can-do-it attitude to millions of domestic and international viewers. The series ran for seven seasons and earned five Emmy nominations and almost a dozen Telly Awards.

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