Make a Hearth Bench

Make a Hearth Bench


Instructor: Craig Stevens

  • February 29 - March 1, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm (weekend)

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 is helpful. 

Cost includes all materials. Students provide their own lunch.

No tools are required.