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Hearth Bench

Make a Hearth Bench

Instructor: Alan Turner

  • February 23 - 24, 2019 9 am - 4 pm (weekend)

    *This class is full, please contact us to be placed on the waiting list

In this two-day course students build a hearth bench.  It’s perfect as a bench for sitting in front of a fire or for use as an occasional table. 

Clean, minimalist lines give rise to a simple and attractive bench. By splaying the legs with compound angled tenon shoulders, the visual volume of the piece is kept small while ensuring a stable perch. Wedged tenon joinery completes the bench with a traditional detail.

The contemporary flavor of the design lets the maker explore wood grain without the distraction of complex joinery and a busy array of supporting members. We’ll be using ash for the slab seat. Ash is a strong, light colored wood with an attractive grain pattern. Sapele, a sturdy African hardwood is our choice for the legs (pronounced sah-PELL-ey). Sapele has a nice reddish brown color, similar to mahogany and goes beautifully with ash. This is an excellent first piece of furniture for the novice or beginning woodworker. 

Recommended: experience with the table saw. 

Cost includes all materials. Students provide their own lunch.

No tools are required.

Earlier Event: February 1
Beginner 1 - Week 5 (evening)
Later Event: February 6
Beginner 2 - week 5 (daytime)