Author Archives: Chuck Bender

About Chuck Bender

Period furniture maker, woodworking mentor, Popular Woodworking Magazine contributor and online woodworking show host.


Arbortech TurboPlane & Mini-Turbo

by Chuck Bender page 14 If you are into sculpting wood or forming sculpted furniture parts, the Arbortech TurboPlane and Mini-Turbo are two tools that could make your work much easier. Although they are sold separately, they work well as a team. The TurboPlane is an easy-to-handle, relatively safe 4″-diameter power carver that fits...

Shaker Lap Desk Class with Chuck Bender begins next week

Next week (Jan. 24-27, specifically) the first online class from Popular Woodworking and me (Chuck Bender) will take place. We’ll be building a Shaker Lap Desk in four pre-recorded sessions. Registration closes this coming Monday (Jan. 21) so sign up today! The registrants are already actively asking questions and interacting in the discussion forum....

Shaker Lap Desk ink bottle drawer

Online Shaker Lap Desk Class FAQ

As promised in last week’s post about the online Shaker Lap Desk class, here are some answers to the most common (and a few less common) questions about the class. First off, what the class is: The online Shaker Lap Desk class is four pre-recorded episodes detailing the construction of a Shaker Lap Desk...


Build a Shaker Lap Desk with Chuck Bender in an Online Class

Three weeks from today, Popular Woodworking and I begin something new: an online class. Now I’m sure you’re thinking, “online classes aren’t unique” – and you’d be right. The difference with this class is the project and the skills you’ll learn by taking it. I’ve teamed up with Popular Woodworking to bring you one...