Shaker-Style Bench Seat: Episode 1

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Paul starts by laying out and drilling the leg holes in the seat, showing how to get the correct angle. He then starts the shaping of the legs, showing a few of the methods that can be used. This will be completed in the next episode.


  1. John Moore on 6 August 2014 at 4:14 pm

    It is outstanding! I love the brace and bit tip for sizing up the ends. Very cool!

  2. STEVE MASSIE on 6 August 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Paul ………. Every project we learn more than ( 1 ) way to accomplish a operation, this is great. The fact you don’t have to use power tools is idea especially for me to make this project.

    I am a big fan of Shaker furniture and plan on giving this a try as well, after my Daughter and Son see this they will want one I am sure LOL.

    Thanks for this !


    • Amos Bullington on 9 August 2014 at 12:34 am

      You wouldn’t have worked at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska as a second line supervisor, would you?


  3. Eddy Flynn on 6 August 2014 at 6:39 pm

    thanks for showing the variety of methods that we can use something for everyone

  4. Clembo on 6 August 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful project, can’t wait to get going on this…Just took delivery of a new draw knife last week, must be a mind reader!

  5. mking1 on 7 August 2014 at 12:00 am

    I just have to say it, ‘THAT is REAL woodworking’! 🙂

  6. bit101 on 7 August 2014 at 2:27 am

    I don’t think I’ll be making this one right away, but even so, I enjoyed this video immensely. Had to stop myself from going on eBay to buy an axe and draw knife just to have fun making spindles. So many educators get stuck in teaching you things their way, which is the “only” way and the “right” way. So refreshing to have you show no less than four different ways to accomplish the same task on a single bench leg and not preach that any one is “correct”. Thanks again, Paul.

  7. garyprott on 7 August 2014 at 3:46 am

    As always with you Paul, learning more and more small tricks and different ways to get the end results that we want. Thanks for what you do. I’m getting pretty close to selling my table saw, jointer, and planner. Don’t think I will never get rid of my bandsaw though. LOL.

  8. Michael177 on 10 August 2014 at 2:24 am

    Paul, nice design and project to build! I look forward to making this!


  9. Frank Joseph on 10 August 2014 at 5:50 am

    As for the bench I love it I gess I am cheating some I set my shave horse up today, its made to brake down for storage when not needed.


  10. adrian on 16 August 2014 at 12:22 am

    I love this project, its great for training us in hand tool self reliance.
    Many hours of machine set up and test cuts are no longer an issue.
    Plus it is great exercise for all areas of wood working as well as upper body workout.
    I have so wanted to make good use of my draw knife that I bought on a whim at a garage sale for $2 and now I have the perfect project to hone that skill on.
    The bench will be perfect by my front door.
    Thanks again Paul for leading us on a path of self reliance with hand tools for shaping.

  11. kevinjames on 27 December 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Am I missing something? It seems the video starts off with the seat already put together?


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