Rocking Chair: Episode 4


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The next step is to put the arches in the back support rails using stop-cuts. They are shaped on the front and the back. The shape is refined with the spokeshave and the plane. Then Paul lays out the spindle mortises, making sure to get them accurately positioned in preparation for drilling and chopping them.


  1. Nir on 26 October 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Watching this rocking chair coming to life is pure enjoyment. Thank you.

  2. bobmccct on 26 October 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Paul,
    I am working on several projects around the house that need to get done quickly, before winter weather makes it impossible. Once done, and finishing the last odds & ends on constructing my workbench, I will be starting on the rocking chair. It is fascinating watching your technique, I am learning so much – I just hope I can come close to your construction quality. I sure will be a lot slower than you but how else can one learn new skills.
    Thanks for producing this video set.

  3. BrianJ on 26 October 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Another great one. I like the time lapse, wondering if others may like to see the elapsed full time that we missed, like for shaping the second rail for instance (similar to what is done with the pop up measurement equivalents). Just a thought to Admin?

    • Farred on 27 October 2016 at 7:53 pm

      I agree. Time lapse is great for the repeat tasks, but I’d guess we’re mostly rookies at the spokeshave. (Admin:” can’t please anyone.”)

    • Philip Adams on 5 December 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Brian,
      Paul is going to talk about this in Rocking Chair Q&A 1.

  4. jasonz on 27 October 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Mr Sellers,

    You used the plane in both directions cleaning up the outside of the curved rails…. I would think in at least one half you’d be going against the grain. Is tear out a concern? Is it somehow alleviated by the curve?

    Thank you,

  5. silenthill on 30 October 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Now the video has completely stopped streaming and my internet connection if just fine on other websites and applications.

  6. knightlylad on 1 November 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you for the lesson.

  7. AnthonyH on 5 November 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Hello Mr. Sellers & Team,
    When laying out arches on the chair back, could you have used a symmetric drawing bow (e.g.,42936,50298) whether store-bought or shop-made and used it to make a template to draw the arcs?
    I am enjoying the tutorial and glad you’ve included the repeated steps sped up. Thank you for keeping it simple and attainable for most hobbiest woodworkers.

  8. loneclock on 10 November 2016 at 3:40 am

    Yes, it is the same for me.

    • Mark Hawkins on 5 December 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Hi all, If the problems have persisted for you, could you please get in touch on the contact page? (Link is at the bottom of the comment section.) Thank you!

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