Shaker-Style Bench Seat: Episode 5

Shaker bench Episode 5

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This episode start with the gluing up of the legs and cross rail to the seat. Once this has dried and been cut flush with the top of the seat, Paul goes over the shaping of the spindles and introduces the chair devil. He then applies the shellac to the spindles to prepare them for the next section of this project.


  1. RL on 3 September 2014 at 3:47 pm


  2. George Bridgeman on 3 September 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Great video but it has a very abrupt ending! Is it an editing issue or a problem with the streaming version? “That leaves the end of my tenon free of shel…”, then cuts out with no outro.


    • Frank Joseph on 3 September 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Mine cut out at the same spot……54.?I think


      • Philip Adams on 8 September 2014 at 12:30 pm

        The problem with the sudden ending is sorted now. Sorry about the confusion and thank you for your patience.

  3. sidreilley on 3 September 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Really like this project. The sudden stop at the end was a bit unsettling but I get the idea..

  4. Michael van Zadelhoff on 3 September 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Same abrupt ending for me. The last word must be shellac. Did I win a price 🙂

    Great episode though. I am pretty sure that I will build this bench some day because the one I have now needs to be replaced.

    Question: would you also consider using rasps to shape the spindles?


  5. rhwoodworks on 3 September 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I am really enjoying this project. I have a question about the mortises. I am aware that your design is made around the average tools that most of us have though if that were not the case would you ream the mortises to a taper to except the spindle taper like a windsor chair ?

  6. STEVE MASSIE on 6 September 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Is any one having problems with down loading ? i have had problems with the last 3 for some reason.

    Great series though I really like this bench and plane on making a couple.


    • Philip Adams on 8 September 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Hi Steve, are you still having problems with downloading? If so could you email us through the contact tab above with any details of what is going wrong and we will look into it.

  7. ballinger on 24 March 2015 at 12:29 am

    Loving watching this project – I never knew you could make spindles without using a lathe. Just on the wedges, could you use that method to make tool handles for the likes of axes and hammers etc? Would it stand up to the forces? I have a couple hammers that have wobbly heads.

  8. Chuck Saxon on 14 November 2018 at 2:34 am

    Is there a video on making the chair devils?

    • beauly on 14 November 2018 at 7:36 am

      Hi Chuck
      See 15th August 2014 or enter chair devils in search,

      • Chuck Saxon on 14 November 2018 at 3:00 pm

        Thanks! For some reason I couldn’t find it with the search, but the date got me right there.

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