Benches are always useful around the house. Whether they're used to seat an extra guest at dinner, claimed by the cat to stare out the window, or used to hold your important papers until sorted, this bench is a great design that is simple and elegant. Our sturdy Shaker design will seat two, fit any decor with your design inspiration, and look great. It's built to last using wedged mortise and tenon joints too. It's a cool project with some great joinery and the opportunity to detail it the way you like. You'll be proud to say you made it.
Class begins with drawings and joinery lay-out. Learn how to plan for a project as we sketch our bench with joints and design details. Next we'll start to cut our mortise and tenons using several different methods for cutting through mortises. Learn how to hand chop mortises, drill them on the drill press, and use a router for through mortising. There is a ton of information to be gained here and this class will help you on this path.
Once our mortises are cut, then we will learn the best ways for cutting tenons: by hand and saw, on the router table, or band saw. Get your fine tuning made with a shoulder plane and discover how to get a great fit. Before gluing we will do our shaping of the ends and stretcher. Learn band saw, spoke shave, and filing methods to cut and shape in your ideas. After the lower assembly, we will mark out and cut our through mortises through the seat. Final glue up includes adding wedges for our through tenons. Get practice sharpening and using hand planes. Learn to get your chisels sharp in this class and you'll be a happy woodworker for the rest of your time in the shop. Discover gluing techniques and practice with finishes. Finally get some time with a Master Woodworker and learn skills that you can use for a variety of projects.
This class qualifies as a Masterworks Class, a prerequisite for entry into the Mastery Program.