Sellers Home Dining Chairs: Episode 3

Dining Chairs EP3 KF

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Paul wanted a couple of unique joints in this chair. Not just for the intrigue and interest alone, but more for some built-in structural integrity. This is the first of those two unusual joints to pique your interest and guarantee some extra strength. The layout becomes simpler with the second chair, and by the time you have the seat frames of six chairs together, you have it down with very little thought needed. Paul walks you through the details of the layout combined with the construction methods he used to make his chairs. Paul enjoyed every minute of making these frames.


  1. Ian Hemphill on 20 April 2022 at 5:19 pm

    That slanted housing dado is pretty cool, Paul. It’s really enjoyable to see how we can take the things that you’ve been teaching us on up to the next level. Looks to me like that joint is going to be able to take all the “chair abuse” potentially in its future, that’s for sure!

  2. Craig Medvecky on 21 April 2022 at 12:39 am

    I just wanted to ask what is different about this sloped housing than the usual flat bottom housing we’ve done on other projects? For example the back of a drawer Paul just makes a standard housing and then cuts the mortise hole. Is this aesthetic or is there a function to the slope I’m not understanding? Thanks.

    • jakegevorgian on 21 April 2022 at 5:47 am

      The purpose of this type of housing is to hide the housing at the edges where, if it was a typical housing, that notch would’ve been visible. That’s why Paul wanted to close those gaps.
      Btw, I think the bottom of that rail could have a straight housing dado… I think it’s just a visual thing.

  3. Bert Vanhooff on 23 May 2022 at 10:04 pm

    The tenon is so small! I’m wondering what the reasoning behind that is. Is there a general rule of thumb that would be applicable?

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