Sellers Home Dining Chairs: Episode 9

Dining Chairs EP9 KF

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Negotiating the splay in the back legs, and setting it up for refining the recesses that hold the back slats and top rail in place, relies on establishing the precise angles of the back legs as registration points to work to. The steps are important for gap-free shoulder lines, but it only looks complicated in the finished chair. The process we will follow guarantees great results. We take you step by step, from gluing up the seat frame to aligning and fixing the back slats into the recesses you will cut in this episode. It’s all great fun!


  1. rotaryw on 2 June 2022 at 2:03 am

    God knows how much do I need your soothing woodworking tonight… Thank you my friend Paul….

  2. Antonio Santos on 7 June 2022 at 9:29 am


    I may not have noticed Paul mentioning, but why did he make the recess in the top slat, and the remaining recesses in the chair structure itself?
    Is there any difference?
    Was it only because it’s easier to make the recesses in the chair structure?


    • Katrina Sellers on 14 June 2022 at 8:55 am

      I asked Paul your question and his answer is below:

      The structure of the seat frame is super strong because of the interconnecting joints. The chair back however has no joinery without the recesses cut into the back legs so the combination of 16 recesses add intrinsic strength for the lateral stability. Good question!

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