Sellers Home Rocking Chair: Episode 13

Rocking Chair Episode 13 KF

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The very last fitting and fettling of the final elements somehow seems to make the biggest difference to Paul. In this episode, Paul finally gets to fit the seat and the rockers in place. A rocking chair like this takes you through some of the most serious hand tool woodworking and remember, everything revolves around us using hand tools in the way our forebears did. It will give you the highest sense of achievement when you make yours.


  1. Kieran Foster on 5 May 2021 at 7:47 pm

    It has been a lovely project Paul. Thanks. Can’t wait for the next one.

  2. Johnnylew on 5 May 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you Mr. Sellers !

  3. Paul Cameron on 5 May 2021 at 9:48 pm

    The rocking chair is very nice. The grain flows perfectly into the curves and crisp lines and the welcome glow of the timber just invites you to sit and enjoy life. I so look forward to getting started on what will be a winter project for me down under. Thanks Paul

  4. dpaul on 6 May 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Can’t wait to build this! What a nice looking chair. Are the drawings available yet?

  5. dpaul on 6 May 2021 at 4:40 pm

    Oops. Never mind. I found them 😉

  6. joeleonetti on 6 May 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks Paul. One of the things I love about the finishing process is how the wood beauty suddenly intensifies. During the build process I notice the grain and such. At the end, the finish is like a reward at which the wood suddenly sings loudly. I know this will be the case but it still brings me such simple pleasure.

    In a few years, I am going to reface the kitchen cabinets and put in new doors and drawer faces; all with cherry. I will use shellac and then apply water based polyurethane on top of it. Would this be a suitable approach for a finish in the kitchen? Any other suggestions on how to finish in that application?

    • Izzy Berger on 10 June 2021 at 9:16 am


      Paul says:
      It will work fine. The only issue can be the adhesion of the poly to the shellac. You must use dewaxed shellac as otherwise the poly will separate.


  7. Ian Hemphill on 6 May 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks so much for this project, Paul. The training in working ‘non-square’ elements and the post-joinery shaping has been so very helpful. The fact that I can plan to make one for myself, and to be confident enough to scale it to my own personal dimensions is a real testament to your very fine teaching skills. When I started this journey with you, getting the sawhorses together were a serious challenge – now, rocking chairs! I couldn’t be happier that I began this journey. Many, many thanks.

  8. John Simpson on 7 May 2021 at 3:35 am

    This has been such a joy to watch. I love the other style of videos where Paul talks you through every cut and shaving but there is also something very satisfying about just watching. No words needed. The camera work is just great.

    Based on the older rocker video and while watching this each week I’ve been working on my own design and build using this as reference, inspiration and guidance. I’ve nearly finished but can’t wait to start another one more like this, for me this time.

    This time last year woodwork was no longer part of my life. Now it’s back with a passion. Thank you Paul and all the team for these brilliantly constructed items and videos.

  9. rotaryw on 7 May 2021 at 6:56 am

    Dear Paul,

    Your chair looks amazing. As all of your video clips, this one was very well produced too. Your website has improved so much in every aspect and for this the greatest credit must be given to your collaborators. Congratulations team.

    Have a nice day, Max.

  10. mplourde on 8 May 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you so much for this inspiration. The chair is beautiful. I love the curves and how it just makes the chair look so natural and highlights the wood grain. Not like any other chair I have seen.

    A question: what is the finish that is used on this chair? It looks great on the cherry wood.

    Be well.

  11. Antonio Santos on 19 May 2021 at 12:34 am

    Can anyone please explain why did Paul cut the seat in 3 sections?
    Did I miss it?
    I was hoping that Paul would explain it, but I can’t remember where he did it (or even if he did it).

    • Izzy Berger on 10 June 2021 at 9:26 am


      Paul says:

      Because the front rail fixes the distance between the two shoulders and then uses a solid wood seat. The solid wood seat will naturally expand and contract through its life over that width it could be as much as ¼”. As the distance between the fixed shoulders of the crossrail will never moved, the seat could crack at some point. The two splits reduce the width and shrinkage and expansion is reduced by one third.


  12. Jay Zumwalt on 7 July 2021 at 7:23 am

    Gorgeous piece of furniture!!! Thank you Paul for a great furniture build!! The video series makes projects like this so much more attainable for those of use that can’t get away for one or two weeks at a furniture work shop for these types of builds. Thank you Paul!!!

  13. Christopher Freeman on 3 August 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Love this Paul! Where can you find the cut list and drawings to make the rocking chair?

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