Shaker-Style Bench Seat: Episode 4

Shake Bench ep4

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It’s time to shape the seat. Paul goes through a number of options of what tools can be used for shaping the bench seat, from moulding planes to the hand router. This shaping makes the seat very comfortable. Paul then refines the shape of the ends of the seat.


  1. Eddy Flynn on 27 August 2014 at 7:30 pm

    what a fantasic episode so much instruction done in the simplest of ways thank you so much

  2. bobeaston on 27 August 2014 at 9:15 pm

    THANKS for showing so many different ways to shape the cove. It’s always good to see that there are many alternatives and we need not always buy specific single purpose tools.

    Thanks too for your bravery in demonstrating the use of one of the most despised tools (in my mind, at least), the coping saw. The only ones I’ve ever found are simply junk, but you either have a better example or can make even junk work well. 🙂

  3. SharpPencil on 27 August 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Hi. Paul

    Good job I bought a set of three scrapers today.

    They will be the first I will have used. You talk about thinner and thicker, I don’t know the thickness of my set? Or where I could obtain a thicker or thinner set.

    I bought a Stanley number 80 scraper, superb unused tool, delivered today.
    Picked up a rusty 9″ draw knife last week, now shinning and very sharp!! Even have a carpenters axe now very sharp edge with black painted body and clean linseed oiled handle!!

    Thanks to you Paul and a few pounds my tool set is growing, like other members I really enjoy your tutorials.

    A very grateful apprentice……..John

    • mking1 on 27 August 2014 at 11:20 pm

      I think Paul has previously mentioned the Veritas card scrapers that come in a set of 4 different thickness’s. They’re not exactly cheap, but I got some myself and found them to be very good.

      Happy scraping! Martin

  4. Gary on 28 August 2014 at 9:00 am

    Another wonderfully informative lesson. One quick question: I’ve seen several circular/compass planes such as the old Stanley 113 listed for sale on Ebay. Is their any advantage to them over a small wooden compass plane such as the one you used? Thanks to the entire staff for all you do!

    Gary Blair
    Lander, Wyoming, USA

  5. Gareth Martin on 28 August 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Oh no! At 1 min 30 secs I spy serious expense nonchalantly but particularly centred on the workbench. Looks like Messrs Sorby & Lie Neilsson are coining it in again.

  6. Gareth Martin on 28 August 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I love hard work….it fascinates me….I can sit and watch someone doing it for hours.

  7. mitch.thomson on 4 September 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I haven’t tried this, but what about ploughing two grooves separated by the width of a bench plane blade. With grooves wider than the distance between the edge of the plane blade and the plane’s side wall, you could then hog out the middle with the bench plane. Might work?

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