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Build Your Own Chair

My build you own chair program allows you to build your own beautiful rocking chair or Low Back Chair. You will be able to take home or ship your very own functional piece of art, built with your bare hands under my instruction. From the experienced woodworker to the inexperienced, you will not only be able to build a beautiful chair you’ll understand the techniques and design features that makes your chair yours.



You'll learn and understand the entire rocking chair fabrication process


Lumber Selection - Sorting through rough lumber to find the pieces to build your chair is the first step in the chair building process. 

Laying out the templates - How to best use the lumber for structural stability and beautiful grain orientation. 

Dressing and cutting the lumber - Hands on use of all the tools required to dress (square up) your lumber and cut to size.

Layout and fabrication of joinery - How and why we use the joinery we use and of course learning the details of the famous Maloof joint.

Assembling the chair - Putting the pieces together, you finally get to see your chair come together!

Rough shaping - This is what makes your chair yours, you'll use the various power and hand tools required to create the sculpted joints, legs, seat and arms.

Sanding -You learn exactly the same sanding process I use on every piece I make. I make great use of powered sanders and I don't want to say how much hand sanding I actually do, if interested in know please contact me.

Finishing - I learned from Sam Maloof through books and videos on the specifics he uses to finish his pieces as well as taking in what Hal Taylor uses to finish his chair, my finish is a 3 part mixture rub on rub off.


Contact Paul Lemiski if your interested in building your own rocking chair


Have a look at the slide show below which travels through the fabrication of my Double Inspiration 1 built out of solid Brazilian Lacewood

Laying out rough blanksRough blanks cut to sizeGlue and clampingSeat layoutMaloof style joinerySeat carvingCope arms , laminated back bracesTesting front leg jointTesting rear Maloof leg jointHeadrest blanks coopered and gluedCutting curve for wooden rocking chair headrestHeadrest coopered curveClamping front legs (with help)Back braces ready for sandingSanding, sanding and sandingGlue and clamping armsFront leg shaped into armBack brace movementLaying out rockersFixing rocker jointsWaxed back brace endsRocker jointShowing flexible back bracesAll done!


Canadian Woodworks   -   Custom wooden rocking chairs dining chairs bar stools and tables    -    Hand Made in Acton Ontario Canada
Paul Lemiski    -    info@canadianwoodworks.com