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 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.
This class will push your woodworking to new levels as you discover the array of tools possible to use in this very simple construction. But you'll discover new methods, refine old ones, and walk away with a great project for your home, study, or office.
Furniture by Peter Stevens
Peter Stevens has worked mostly as a mechanical engineer and math and engineering teacher but has always held a passion for woodworking and furniture. He joined the Mastery Program in 2005 which was a wonderful opportunity to learn and to push himself both technically and as a designer. After graduating from the Mastery Program, though tempted to pursue a path as a furniture and cabinet maker, he remained a professional engineer and amateur woodworker. But of late he is working to flip that around and is devoting more of his energies to making furniture and honing his woodworking skills. For his own woodworking he is trying to be a bit more spontaneous and to work more with hand tools, not so much for the challenge though a challenge it certainly is, but for the resulting feel and look of the finished piece, and the process - it's just more fun. "I am really excited to be back in The Studio and teaching again."