Desk Chair

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There are dozens of chairs out there to make. By copying and replicating designs, you can train yourself in the art of chair making. Paul designed this desk chair for training you to work through the essential elements of good and safe chair construction. This chair narrows from back to front. Mortise and tenons ensure that the structure is strong and sturdy without being heavy. These features reduce the likelihood of the chair tipping. Laminations are another important aspect of this project. Paul uses these for developing the bent components, a technique that you can adopt for a wide range of other builds.

We hope that you will enjoy the process of chair making and won’t shy away from what might seem a complicated project.

Tool List

  • No. 4 Plane
  • Square
  • Chisels
  • Chisel Hammer
  • Mortise Guide
  • No. 80 Scraper
  • Knife
  • Tenon Saw
  • Handsaw
  • Card Scraper
  • File
  • Rasp
  • Mortise Gauge
  • Square Awl
  • Brace and Bits
  • Plug Cutter
  • Screwdriver/Screwgun
  • Bullnose Plane (optional)
  • No. 5 Plane (optional)


  1. araxes on 15 August 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Fantastic chair! Definitely heirloom quality. A great project to work on to hone my skills. Can’t wait to make one.

  2. mersey on 15 August 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Think this may test my skills. Never felt confident to make a chair but I may attempt this.

  3. dunnison on 19 August 2019 at 2:37 am

    Saw this in the corner of an earlier video, and have been waiting for it. Really looking forward to Paul’s insight on laminations.

  4. Ian Hemphill on 21 August 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Can’t wait to try out some laminations. Always a bit nervous to jump in, but with a little guidance I can think of a number of places I’ll use the techniques in the future as well. Yay!

  5. wtwegner on 24 August 2019 at 5:59 am

    The poor streaming quality makes this video unviewableable. Too bad you’ve chosen to degrade quality to save a few quid.

    • Selva on 24 August 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Quite to the contrary, the video quality has only increased over time. Newer episodes have up to 4K resolution available which is incredible. Don’t know whether its native 4K or upscaled, but the quality I get is excellent even at 720p.

      That said, streaming data rate depends on the network and most browsers automatically adjusts the quality to match the rate at which data comes in. You could change that by choosing a fixed resolution (usually by clicking the cog wheel at right/bottom of the video). But if the bandwidth is not enough you will get frequent pauses for buffering. I would say, check your network — or it could be a temporary issue, try again.

  6. Paul Rowell on 24 August 2019 at 7:43 am

    The video streamed fine for me, too bad you’ve chosen to jump to a conclusion so quickly, I hope you will be as quick to apologise when you find the problem was at your end.

    A happy subscriber,


  7. steve Eastwood on 3 September 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Well Paul, once again looking at this chair urges me again to jump in with both feet, (that being hands) fear be dammed.
    thanks Paul, keep on doing.

    ps, stream was perfect.

  8. HRHS on 3 September 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Is there a diagram for this one?

  9. Craig on 3 September 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Yes there is, right below the illustration where it says “click here…….”.

  10. georgewall42 on 6 September 2019 at 2:19 am

    It appears the drawing is no longer available?

    • Izzy Berger on 6 September 2019 at 12:16 pm

      Hi George,

      Thank you for pointing this out. We have fixed it now so the drawing should be available.

      Kind Regards,

  11. grover on 21 September 2019 at 9:45 am

    Hello guys,

    What is the model/number of the Liogier rasp used by Paul in this episode 2? I think it is a cabinet rasp numer 9, 30 mm long, but I’m not sure.
    I would like to put it into my wishlist for Santa.
    Thanks in advance,


    • Izzy Berger on 26 September 2019 at 8:13 am

      Hi Grover,

      Yes Paul uses the cabinet rasp, 30cm.

      Kind Regards,

      • grover on 29 September 2019 at 10:36 am

        Thanks Izzy,

        And what cut is it? Number 8, 9, 11, …?

        Best regards,

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