Rocking Chair: Episode 14

Paul applies a shellac finish to the rocking chair. He discusses the cut or thickness of shellac that can be used. He starts by applying a thinner first coat, sands this coat to remove any nibbing, then applies a thicker second and third coat. The final step is to apply furniture wax using wire wool, then buff it out once it has set for a smooth and even finish.

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22 comments on “Rocking Chair: Episode 14

  1. I’ve noticed on the projects that Paul finishes as part of the project that he starts at the bottom of the project first. I am curious about this because I was taught to work from the top down. Is there a particular reason Paul tends to start at the bottom?

  2. Of all the ‘other’ woodworking classes I belong to, Paul, I enjoy and learn more from you than any of those. And I’ve been a hobby woodworker for over 54 years!

    A mere thanks is hardly enough…….

    John Mahoney

  3. thank you for this outstanding project i look forward to building my very own rocking chair, when I’ve discussed it with others two friends have asked for one of their own , i think I’ll build one before taking any orders, i do envy the person that gets the one made by the master i must say though.

  4. It’ll be a long time before I even contemplate taking on a project like this but that doesn’t stop me watching the videos that Mr Sellers produces with an intensity that is reserved for no one else. And then, right at the very end I smiled the same smile that Mr Sellers gave when he’d sat down with a coffee in his hand and the chair welcomed him with the gift of peace and sanctuary in return for the respect and love of working with his material. A beautiful man who gives others a sense of what his work gives him. Absolutely heart warming video.

  5. Another Beautiful Piece from Mr Paul Sellers. Thanks again cant wait to build me on. Paul can you put some type of Oil base finish on before your shellac . Since I’ll be using all quartersawn material I want the Medullary rays to pop. How would I achieve this.
    Also what brand and type of wax are you using there in the video.
    I love it looks beautiful

  6. Thank you Paul. As a beginning wood worker I have found various videos you’ve done to make me quite confident in finishing with shellac and then wax. Would it be possible in future projects to show, teach us other finishes? For example, I’d like to learn more about tung oil, French polishing, and also fuming oak with ammonia. Also, I’d love to learn more from you what woods are more suitable for differnt finishes.

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