1. I have carved a good number of chair seats over the years using a variety of tools and methods. The fastest and crudest way is to use a 4 1/2″ grinder with shaping wheels. The slowest and most refined way is to use hand tools, as Paul is doing in this video.

    All things considered, and speaking only for myself, I have come to agree with Paul. The hand tool method yields the best results and the best experience of woodworking. It is not noisy or nerve wracking; it does not create bothersome clouds of fine dust that cover every surface in the shop; it is less likely to result in a disastrous mistake; it is also far safer.

    I really appreciate my hand-held grinders, but I use them for metal work these days. This suits me fine.

    Thanks for the video!

  2. Very interesting episode and I agree with Jurgen01 that the method used by Paul with hand tools is the safest and most satisfying, also cuts out the noise and dust.
    One thing that I found interesting is the last wooden hand tool used is that a special convex spokeshave with a radius for that purpose? I did make the small curved plane for the stool project some time ago and that works well, i spread it out over a couple of days so that it was not so hard on the hands.
    I cant wait to see how this progresses, I enjoy the lessons Thanks

  3. That last tool is a travisher, essentially a curved spokeshave for removing some of the undulations caused by the rougher tools. An alternative is to use a finer set on the rounded bottom plane.

  4. In episode 5 Paul made his seat tenons 1/2″ wide but in this episode they are 3/8″ as they are in earlier episodes were he specs and cuts the mortises at 3/8″. The printed instructions also specify 3/8″ tenons.

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