Desk Chair: Episode 3

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First up in this episode, Paul lays out and cuts the shaping on the leg pieces. Then he deals with perhaps the most unique feature of this project, which is the bevelled edges on the front and back pieces. These come together to give the chair its angled sides, allowing the chair to taper front to back without the need for angled mortise and tenons.

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  1. c fenton on 4 September 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Very nice. Thanks Paul and team. I’m really enjoying these “flat stock” projects.

  2. Bill Hall on 4 September 2019 at 6:01 pm

    I’m obviously missing something here and got a little confused with the story board. Not sure what I’m missing but kind of wish Paul walked through actually creating it.

    Part of what I’m missing perhaps is the length of the back vs front rail. The drawing shows a 14.5” front rail length but I don’t see the back rail length.

    I’m guessing it’s 11.75” based on the tenon length of the front rails. Maybe it was covered and I missed it in the previous video’s other than there was a taper incorporated front to back.

    • Izzy Berger on 6 September 2019 at 12:11 pm

      Hi Bill,

      Paul says:
      Yes, you are correct, it is 11.75”

      Kind Regards,

  3. donald1962 on 5 September 2019 at 12:46 am

    can you tell me what the make and model of the hammer you use is? I would like to see if I can purchase one.

  4. joeleonetti on 5 September 2019 at 5:56 am

    Thanks Paul. Why was the fox wedge tennon used in one and not the other? Just trying to understand why this was done. It’s possible it was mentioned in episode 1 or 2 and I have forgotten.

    • Matthew Newman on 5 September 2019 at 2:32 pm

      @joeleonetti I was wondering that too. My guess is to tighten up a loose tenon

    • stevewales on 5 September 2019 at 7:32 pm

      Yes, I saw that — A brilliant ‘Fix’ for a joint that was a little “Loosy Goosy” as Paul would say

    • Izzy Berger on 6 September 2019 at 12:11 pm


      Paul says:
      I used it to fix a loose tenon.

      Kind Regards,

      • joeleonetti on 6 September 2019 at 6:39 pm

        Thanks Izzy. For what it’s worth, just that one tip alone makes the monthly fee worth it. I wouldn’t have thought of doing that. Seeing it is an ah ha moment. I now have a “trick”/technique I will carry with me forever. Same with using a scrap piece of wood to start an angled cut (forgot that one as well). Can’t wait to see the upcoming parts on lamination. That will all be new ideas and concepts for me.

  5. David Alvarez on 5 September 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Impressive episode, Paul. I was especially impressed when you showed how you saved the project after you (as we all do) messed up, but saved it by pulling a fix out of your bag of tricks. I’m referring to your using your combo square to line up that back edge after that piece chipped off, as was only made possible by your obvious obsession with flatness, squareness and straightness on display throughout all your projects. I am attempting to copy you in this, and to get over the ‘approximateness’ inherent in a machine-oriented cabinet shop, where I received my earlier (mis) training. I also couldn’t help but noticing how you apparently “tweaked” a tenon that you’d already cut by inserting a wedge (a blind wedge?) before gluing it up, once again, very impressive, in spite of the lack of commentary. In my own personal experience, the real skill in woodworking isn’t apparent when everything goes right, but instead when things wrong, which they WILL do, because we (and the trees that are the source of the wood) are only human, of course.

  6. John Simpson on 25 November 2020 at 7:31 pm

    As said above really, love the little tricks of the trade, the tenon, the saw into the wood at a sharp angle. So good.

    And yes, we do love planing. Well m, I do.

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