Rocking Chair: Info Page

This is the introductory page for a paid video series. Want to watch more of this project? Select the best option below to get started.


In this series, Paul shows how to make a Craftsman-Style rocking chair that he designed and has been making for decades. Working with oak stock, Paul shows how to construct the mortise and tenon frames, including arched rails and angled tenons for the side rails. He discusses how to shape the rear legs and rockers by hand, before upholstering and finishing the chair to round out the finished project.

The tools you will need are:

  • Knife
  • Square
  • Combination gauge (or marking gauge and mortise gauge)
  • Tape/Ruler (or both)
  • Sliding bevel
  • Chisel hammer
  • Chisels (at least 3/8″ and 1″)
  • Hand router (see how to make a ‘Poor Man’s Router here)
  • Smoothing plane (No 4)
  • *Jack Plane (No 5) (recommended if preparing your wood from rough
  • sawn)
  • Spokeshave
  • *Scrub Plane (recommended if preparing your wood from rough
  • sawn)
  • Mortice guide
  • Winding Sticks
  • Handsaw
  • Tenon saw
  • Dovetail saw
  • No 80 Cabinet Scraper
  • Card scraper
  • Brace & bit and hand drill or drill driver
  • *Rasp
  • *File
  • Square Awl
  • Small steel hammer

* = optional

Joints List:

  • Mortise & tenon
  • Housing dado

High Rocking Chair

Rocking Chair


  1. Joshua P on 3 October 2016 at 1:23 pm


    What a great series, with many opportunities for learning! I am so excited.

    Thank You,

  2. bobeaston on 3 October 2016 at 1:35 pm

    This project looks very inviting. However, if I had a good rocking chair, I might sit in it too long. 🙂

    KUDOS to your audio/video editor. So often, I find that videos containing background music have it too loud, overpowering the speaker, making it difficult to understand the spoken part. This one was well mixed. Thanks!

  3. hphimmelbauer on 3 October 2016 at 3:39 pm

    After some energy gaining “smaller” projects we now know, why we had to make some saw-horses and an easy looking table.
    The saw horse is essential for making the rocking chair and the table is necessary for the cup of tea, when we finally sit in the chair pondering about, how far we got with Peter…

    Let’s try to be serious (oh, no. not me. In every man there lives a child and mine is big and full of … energy): I never thought it would come this far, the toolchest was one of the masterpieces for me (still on my plan). But the rocking chair… what a wonderfull winter-project.

    Thanks a lot.

  4. silenthill on 3 October 2016 at 4:03 pm

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    • Joseph Palas on 3 October 2016 at 5:22 pm

      You may be getting your wood at a big box store, but Red Oak is a nice wood man, don’t get it twisted! (pun intended, that stock at HD or Lowe’s can be in sorry shape!, pick carefully!)

      Red Oak is a classic wood, and will make a sweet rocker.
      I may be using the same!

    • Derek Long on 3 October 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Nothing wrong with red oak. I like the pale red color once you get some oil on it. I use it a lot, too, because it’s available at the big box S4S for about the same price I get for S2S at the lumber yard.

    • dddillon on 4 October 2016 at 9:50 am

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      I’m excited about this. My wife wants a nice rocker. I don’t have access to white oak though, and I know many frown on it, but I’ll be using Red Oak from *sigh*….the big box store. Still can’t wait to follow along.

  5. tmpt on 3 October 2016 at 4:07 pm

    This is going to be an awesome video series Paul!!! Can’t wait to get started.
    Tim Turney

  6. farewell on 3 October 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I am so happy about this project! I always wanted to build a rocking chair and now I know that thanks to this project, soon enough I will build one.
    Thanks a lot Paul Sellers!!!

  7. Joseph Palas on 3 October 2016 at 5:26 pm

    All the skills we’ve been learning will come together on this one. I’m very excited…

  8. oldman118 on 3 October 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Just one comment. Oooohhh !!!

  9. Jim Burcicki on 3 October 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Have been waiting for this project for a long, long time. 🙂 Thanks Paul!!!

  10. petervalcanas on 3 October 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I just started the tool chest from pine, it’s all I had, and I’ll be saving some money just for this project.
    It’s a beautiful chair.
    Thanks Paul

  11. Reno on 3 October 2016 at 8:30 pm

    At last a chair with rockers that will not wear a hole in the carpet. And it has a structure that will support a large person with little or no alteration.

    I totalled some of the cutting list items for my own purposes; maybe this will be helpful. It does not account for wastage, mistakes, etc.

    The tools you will need are:

    nd drill or drill driv

  12. ehisey on 4 October 2016 at 2:09 am

    I really like the splash picture for the video, it shows 4 piece in a live setting from the WMC: coffee table pecking in on the left, the green bookcase in the background and the small occasional table front right all framing the new rocker project.

  13. Farred on 4 October 2016 at 3:57 am

    Woohoo! I don’t have to buy a plane ticket to England to take this course. Thanks!

  14. tobinsj on 4 October 2016 at 6:19 am

    What makes something “craftsman” style? I’ve tried googling it and all I can find are examples of craftsman style houses, wood trim, even craftsman fences. But there seems to be no unifying feature(s) that make it obvious from one example to another. So what are the definitive characteristics about something that make it a craftsman piece.

    Extra credit if you can explain “shaker style” as well. Substitute the word “craftsman” for “shaker” in my paragraph above.