Make a Hearth Bench

Make a Hearth Bench


Instructor: Alan Turner

  • February 23-24, 2019, 9 am - 4 pm (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. The slab seat is of a lighter wood than the legs and will be chosen for attractive grain and color. The legs will be of a darker hardwood with straight grain. 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.