5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

Build a Garden Bench Woodworking Class


Instructor: Alan Turner and Lesley Gold
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (day) 6 sessions

Maximum Class Size: Approximately 12

Garden benches are special and complex pieces of furniture. They must be designed keeping the harsh outdoor elements in mind, make a statement while blending into the surrounding landscape, and above all they must be comfortable.

The garden bench in this course incorporates design elements from the Chippendale period of furniture; the late Eighteenth Century. You can see these inspired details in the curved arms, the back splats and crest rail. The effect is both light and playful, but also visually rooted and grand. The balance between curved and straight lines create a sculptural silhouette, fit for any style home and garden. 

The construction on this bench is challenging as it involves varied skills and several traditional techniques; from fairing and hand shaping wood round to cutting angled mortise and tenon joinery.  This is a project that will sharpen your acquired skills and push you to develop new ones.

In this course, students will learn to :

  • pattern rout
  • cut angled mortise and tenon joinery
  • fit an arm
  • fair and hand shape rounds using the 5:7 method

Course fee (including materials and lunches) $1,440

Here is the tool list.

There are three ways to register for this class.
• One can click on the sign up button below.
• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
• Send us an email and we will forward the registration materials.


Note:  The wood selection for this project will be South American Mahogany.


  • To be scheduled



Arm detail

Back splat detail

Leg bottom detail