Rocking Chair: Episode 14

Rocking Chair 14

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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.


  1. rayc21 on 4 January 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you for another interesting video. Very nice rocking chair.

  2. dicksters on 4 January 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Paul’s combination of extraordinary talent and patience is a bit overwhelming. If only I were able to achieve a small portion of those traits, I’d be very content. – Dick

  3. dvollie on 4 January 2017 at 4:02 pm

    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?

  4. ce000 on 4 January 2017 at 4:11 pm

    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

  5. Eddy Flynn on 4 January 2017 at 5:03 pm

    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.

  6. david o'sullivan on 4 January 2017 at 5:09 pm

    brilliant . i hope to make it some day . shellac is also my go to finish .

  7. maximus on 4 January 2017 at 5:20 pm

    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.

    • julius on 4 January 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Yes, I think you pointed out the very feelings about Paul Seller’s woodworking art, a man who really loves his work and makes it love by everybody. I absolutely agree with you.

  8. julius on 4 January 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Wonderful project, a splendid rocking chair to be placed in any corner of any house. I really hope to build such a chair as soon as possible with the masterly Paul Seller’s teachings.

  9. arnold on 4 January 2017 at 7:28 pm

    great job paul, I’m kind of sad that its over. cant wait till the nex project . also happy birthday

  10. jsmyth on 4 January 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Excellent job once again Paul. You have changed my woodworking to pure enjoyment just as much as you enjoy it. Thank you so much and I look forward to the next series.

  11. Christopher on 5 January 2017 at 2:36 am

    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

  12. mkvernon on 5 January 2017 at 4:32 am

    Paul, if I wanted to add color to the shellac to make it look like fumed oak, what would I use and how?

  13. Mooncabbage on 5 January 2017 at 10:08 am

    Wasn’t particularly interested in building one of these, but seeing the final product, I suddenly feel as if I need one in my life.

  14. Ted Phillips on 5 January 2017 at 1:04 pm

    This is an extraordinarily great masterclass. Thank you so much, Paul!

  15. jdkatz on 6 January 2017 at 3:07 am

    Paul, your remarkable skills and your single-minded devotion to excellence are truly inspirational. Thanks.

    The chair is superb. Bravo.

  16. joeleonetti on 6 January 2017 at 4:28 am

    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.

    • Philip Adams on 9 January 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Hello Joseph,
      We are hoping to cover various finishing techniques as we work our way through projects. Can’t make any specific promises at this moment.
      Best, Phil

  17. knightlylad on 6 January 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for a lovely project.

  18. allaninoz on 8 January 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Paul & Team,
    Can I ask how you clean up the dust after the light sanding, I seem to be able to wipe and clean for a month of Sundays and still be dusty!
    Many thanks for the life changing lessons.

    • Philip Adams on 9 January 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Hello Allan,
      We tend to use the vacuum cleaner to remove the dust after brushing the larger bits up.
      Thanks, Phil

      • Philip Adams on 16 January 2017 at 4:53 pm

        Hello Thomas (@ende),
        Sorry we didn’t get back to you sooner. Am i correct in thinking Joseph has now sorted this out for you? If so I will remove this message.
        Thanks again,

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