Shaker-Style Bench Seat: Episode 6

Shaker Bench Episode 6

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The next stage of this project it to cut the tapered comb rail. Paul then lays out and bores the holes for the spindles in both the seat and the comb rail, using a couple of different techniques to make sure the holes are bored at the write angle, and not to deep. He also cuts the angle on the ends of the comb rail.


  1. David Gill on 10 September 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Great video Paul I don’t think it is something I will be making any time soon but I very much enjoyed watching you making it, and I don’t doubt that I have picked up a number of processes that I will use

  2. Michael van Zadelhoff on 10 September 2014 at 8:52 pm

    This is a great series to follow and I will be making this in the near future. Because the one I have now is falling apart. My workshop is located at my attic where I also have a roof terrace (not sure if this is the right translation). It would be lovely to sit there on such a nice bench while taking a little pause from work in progress or whatever reason.

    The glue up was pretty exiting to watch, but in the end Paul gets it done as intended and as usual. It’s amazing that Paul always answers the questions I have during an episode. He can either read my mind or he just knows what questions might come up.

    Did I spot a different knife? What happened to the Stanley?


  3. Gary on 11 September 2014 at 9:41 am

    Wonderful! I would never have dreamed that such perfection in the sizes of the spindles could be achieved without using a lathe. As always, the simplicity of the tools (such as the shop-made jigs) have made this a project that can be constructed with a “minimalist” set of tools. Paul, the lessons you have given in this series (as well as others, of course) will translate not only to this bench, but to a myriad of other projects! As always, I look forward to your next lesson. My sincere thanks for all you do!

  4. Ben Fisher on 11 September 2014 at 4:54 pm

    28:12 what brand/model brace is that? I don’t have one or bits for one yet.

  5. Anonymous on 15 September 2014 at 1:51 am

    Simply amazing. Thanks Paul.

  6. johnstodden on 16 September 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Much enjoyed this project, as well as the others.

    Greatly looking forward to Paul’s next project which I hear is to be called “Chainsaw carving for Dummies”, a slight departure from his normal style.

    Should make fascinating viewing…

  7. davedev on 20 September 2014 at 11:52 am

    Paul, I have great admiration for your mission to demonstrate how much can be done without power tools, but are you recommending that we all rip saw down the length of a 4’6″ piece of hardwood, or are you just showing how it can be done if we don’t have a bandsaw? To put it another way, would you have just used a bandsaw if this wasn’t a demonstration lecture? I ask because I am currently cutting up some very similar reddish hardwood from a staircase we have had removed. I have got through two bandsaw blades to do the rip cutting of the newels (Axminster on your your recommendation), but can’t imagine I would have ever tackled it if I had to cut it by hand.

    • Paul Sellers on 18 December 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Different strokes for different folks. I am surprised the blades went out because i use their blades for a couple of months usually and even though I don’t use them a lot I think it still amounts to a few hours life.
      I say different strokes because yes, I am advocating more hand work unhesitatingly. I am not sure why you ask the question. It takes practice with every tool to be able to master skill and that’s what I am trying to restore in the lived lives of those who have never developed such skill. And again, i think it’s as much about the exercise and the sense of wellbeing and excitement and the reality of really doing it yourself. Once skill is established as well as muscle and strength and accuracy and so on, you then have a choice at last. Sometimes I will use a bandsaw and others a handsaw. Sometimes it’s about time and sometimes exercise. Doing both is the benefit i hope everyone can have.

  8. ballinger on 31 March 2015 at 4:54 am

    I know I’m late watching and commenting but that was pretty amazing – I felt nervous, hoping that nothing would go wrong during the glue up. Thanks to the team for another great episode!

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