Desk Chair: Episode 1

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This is the beginning of a unique flat-stock chair. The whole chair is made using wood with a maximum thickness of ¾” (19mm). Paul chose oak as a strong, highly available and beautiful wood. In this episode Paul lays out and chops the mortises in the vertical leg frame pieces. Then it is on to laying out the angled cuts on the legs.

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  1. David Marienau on 22 August 2019 at 2:04 am

    love the aid for chopping straight mortise holes.

  2. Troy Jacobson on 25 August 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Do you think this chair would hold up outdoors in the norther US? White Oak, draw bores, polyurethane glue or marine epoxy?

    The bench project was beautiful, but individual chairs are more usable for our outdoor space.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 29 August 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Troy,

      Paul says:

      Yes, I think it would. The only issue is, would one want to put so much effort into an outdoor chair?

      Kind Regards,

  3. Edouard Poitras on 27 August 2019 at 6:24 am

    The music played at the beginning of the video drowns out Paul and he can’t be heard. This happens a lot in the introductory videos. Can something be done about it?
    Thanks for the great videos as always Paul and company.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 28 August 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Edouard,

      Thank you for you feedback, I will pass this on to our production team.

      Kind Regards,

  4. dicksters on 28 August 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Cutting list says 35 3/4” but Paul says 36” in the video. Can anyone clarify?

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 29 August 2019 at 2:09 pm


      I passed on your question to Paul and he said:
      36” until the back leg is cut down, and then we cut it after the whole chair is made so that the chair tilts back.

      Kind Regards,

  5. Lance Blurton on 5 October 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I have a question about how Paul decided on the angle for the back. Is it based on any specific standard or is it just on appearance? If it is based on a standard is there a range of angles that makes a comfortable chair?

    I want to thank you for all you guys do. Without you I would be lost.

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