Sellers Home Rocking Chair: Episode 1

Rocking Chair Episode 1 KF

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This presentation is a landmark episode for all of us. It’s the first episode in the first series which covers the first piece for Sellers Home, our new program for teaching people how to design and make a houseful of furniture. We’ll be taking every piece we film from the early concept and design stage through to hand-making pieces; from rough-sawn wood to finely made woodworking projects. Please join in as we teach and train woodworkers of all skill levels. This is woodworking without boundaries, so woodworkers on every continent can gain mastery in designing and making. I will be passing on everything I have learned through 55 years of daily woodworking for a living at the workbench. You’re going to love it and live it!

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  1. Bryan Donovan on 10 February 2021 at 3:42 pm

    This is great seeing the stock preparation steps as part of a project. It makes me think I might be spending too much time trying to get things “perfect”, seeing you eyeball the board for flatness, etc. Or maybe you’re just really, really good at this and I’m slow :). It is one thing I’ve struggled with since I haven’t worked in person with anyone yet — I’m never quite sure when the stock is flat enough, square enough, etc. I tend to obsess over it and it takes forever. I experimented with my last project (a foot rest for the craftsman-style rocker) where I stopped short of where I normally would when getting the boards flat, etc., and it came out fine. Always learning…

  2. Michael Holland on 10 February 2021 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this so much! Can’t wait to get started building along. So happy to see you make this in cherry.

    It’s funny to think that a few years ago I searched YouTube to figure out how to build a quick little bookshelf with my dad’s power tools and now I have my own little shop in my house with a handmade bench, a bunch of hand tools (some of which I made), and my family members have my work in their homes because I love sharing it.

    I’ve always been a little shy about commenting, but I wanted to take the chance to thank Paul and the team as I start building my own furniture. I can do this thanks to you guys.

  3. Bill Hall on 10 February 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I love that your starting this project out with the base stock preparation vs having the pieces already planed and squared to start!

  4. Hubert Saegmüller on 10 February 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Beautiful 🙏

  5. Craig Medvecky on 10 February 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Looking forward to it!

  6. Harold Blair on 10 February 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Paul, I’m looking forward to this chair. I’ve made 7 of your Arts & Craft rockers over the years. This one looks like it will be fun to make. Thanks for the new design!

  7. jgwill on 10 February 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Beautiful, Love it!

  8. hacc220 on 10 February 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Another fine piece on the way – Thanks.

  9. Riley Lennon on 10 February 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I have to ask. Were those wood screws holding the chair together in several places, or did I see that wrong? My guess is that chair was the prototype, but I was a little confused by what I saw. Did anyone else see that, or am I imagining things?

  10. Kieran Foster on 10 February 2021 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve been so looking forward to you filling the house with furniture Paul.

  11. cembalo8 on 10 February 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Paul does say in the description that the prototype is held together with screws. I’ve seen him do that same thing on other prototypes.

  12. Riley Lennon on 10 February 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for your comment, I work in a position that has been very troubling over the last year. I come here to see Paul do, what he does best and find some peace in it.. Joinery. When I saw the screws, I quickly stopped the video and have no idea what happened afterwards.

    Thanks I will continue watching Paul at his best

  13. Matthew Moody on 11 February 2021 at 4:01 am

    Yes, @cembalo8 it was the prototype.

  14. David Brodhagen on 11 February 2021 at 4:12 am

    Hi Paul, does it matter what side you face for registration.
    This will be my first project of yours, looking forward to it thanks.

  15. jakegevorgian on 11 February 2021 at 5:25 am

    Beautiful production with the film.

    By the way, dry some of that rosehip as it’s great when served as a hot tea. Great for fighting cold and such…

  16. Michael Jiron on 11 February 2021 at 7:44 am

    I’ve been looking forward to this ever since you released this concept some time ago. Having made my first workbench and a number of projects with it, I find myself finally ready to take on a project of finer quality. I am beginning to understand the concept of lifestyle woodworking in my own life, and have since abandoned my plans for a power planer and purchased a no. 7 jointer. Preparing stock has become such a joy. I could probably take shavings all day, as the smell of freshly planed wood is just wonderful. I am forever in your debt. Thank you for sharing your life and love of working with wood.

  17. Tom Davies on 11 February 2021 at 9:17 am

    OMG I nearly had a heart attack when I saw all those screws!! hahah

    I wonder if it would be a good idea to describe how this rocking chair differs from the rocking chair project from a few years ago?

  18. Austin Conner on 11 February 2021 at 1:46 pm

    The video production crew delivered a stellar product on this video. Thank you everyone for all your hard work in bringing these videos together.

  19. Richard on 11 February 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Thank you for showing how Paul prepares his stock in the every day of life. I’ve watched his other stock prep techniques, but I admit I tend to take forever to prepare my stock.

    Seeing Paul’s standards really helps. I also see how much time a band saw can save.

  20. david steward on 11 February 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Hi team could you please ask Paul what size timber slab i would need for this chair. I am looking forward to this my second Rocker.

  21. badgerjoe on 11 February 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Where do I find the plans and the cutting list?


  22. silmarils94 on 12 February 2021 at 5:32 am

    Hello, a band saw save time if it’s a good one ( not cheap ) and if it’s well set….a pain to achieve with poor standards machinery, I use the band saw only for rough work because I never could to get it right.

  23. Paul Rowell on 12 February 2021 at 7:44 am

    Joe, the introduction page for this project has your answer. There isn’t one yet and probably won’t be until the end of the series.

  24. Kent Hansen on 13 February 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Paul and friends, from a video quality perspective, you all have set a new bar…content, presentation, and watchability …simply fantastic! Thanks all!

  25. Steve Todd on 14 February 2021 at 12:32 am

    Wow.. Exactly what I strive to do the way you do it and explain it every step of the way.. so smooth, so clean

  26. Brad Willis on 16 February 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Amazing project. I have to know, what is the title of the piano piece at the end of the video? That’s gonna have to go on a playlist of mine.

  27. Jim Braun on 18 February 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks for including the stock preparation, now I see how the bandsaw can be incorporated. Looks like there is no need for a thickness planer, just the bandsaw and a bit of cleanup with the jack.

  28. jose landaverde on 1 March 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Dear Paul:

    would you please tell us the measures in the whole cutting list. I wonder how I can start a project without this BASIC information. Thanks in advance.

  29. Brendan McGovern on 9 March 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Lovely editing, a lot of things to like here. I enjoy Paul’s reflections on nature in his blog videos so it was nice to see some included here. And I might say as well that I like that you still include the truing up process for the lumber, it’s very enjoyable to watch.

  30. David Gill on 10 March 2021 at 6:18 pm

    How much longer do you think I might have to wait before I can watch Pauls videos

  31. TimB on 26 September 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Hello Paul and Crew,

    Thanks for this excellent project. I’m gonna take the plunge and make this elegant rocker my first chair project.

    I’m at the stage of selecting wood. I especially like the version you made in white oak. My question: Is white oak suitable for the seat? I’ve read from various articles that oak may be too heavy and hard for the hand shaped slab seat and that pine or poplar is a better choice. I am leaning towards using just oak, and am in no hurry with my projects, so don’t mind taking more time sculpting a solid oak seat if it is otherwise a good choice.

  32. Gregory DeVault on 30 September 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I’ve just started on this and I’m already a bit confused (sigh). In the video at about 22:10 into it Paul said to come up from the bottom of the front post 8-3/8 inch to make the mark but, if I’m thinking of the correct mark, the plans on page 2 show 8-7/8 inch. Also on page 2 I don’t understand what the 2-1/16 measurement near the top of the sketch on the left side is measuring. I must be missing something. Don’t mean to cause trouble but I really want to get started on the right foot. Can Paul or anyone with the answer straighten me out? Thanks.

    • Gregory DeVault on 1 October 2021 at 11:26 pm

      I just answered my own question. I figured it out in later videos. At first I thought I’d just watch the videos in order and do those parts of the chair in order, following along. Seemed to make sense at first due to limited time. But I now feel it is better to watch the whole series (a lot of watching) first, while taking notes that compliment the plans. Then go back, if necessary, and watch the videos while following along in the shop. Anyway, that’s how it’s working for me.

      • Benoît Van Noten on 3 October 2021 at 3:09 pm

        – One never catches all the tricks at the first view.
        – Only the full serie gives a complete picture of the project. Otherwise it is like biking with the nose on the handlebars.

      • Barry Wright on 29 January 2022 at 10:45 am

        I am about to start this project and noticed the same conflict between 8-3/8″ and 8-7/8″. However, unlike you I have not resolved the conflict. Could you explain what you “figured out in later videos”. Thanks.

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