Build a Garden Bench
34m 35s
Access includes complete video series plus all class materials.

Furniture maker Hank Gilpin supplies seasoned advice on designing and engineering pieces to withstand the elements and to age gracefully, along with tips on wood selection and finishing.

Then woodworker Matt Kenney demonstrates how to make this subtly curved, elegant, and comfortable garden bench.

The bench is built from sipo, a mahogany relative that can stand up to the seasons, even without a finish

The key to the construction is tight-fitting mortise and tenon joints.

● Matt demonstrates how to cut mortises with a router, templates, and a bearing-guided bit.

● He also shows two great ways to tenon

● Then he teaches you no-fuss, no-muss gluing techniques.

As you build this artfully designed bench, you’ll also increase your know-how and advance your skills.

The Class Materials for this workshop include a printable plan and a digital plan for use with SketchUp® software.


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