I am beyond delighted to announce that Charles “Chuck” Bender is Popular Woodworking Magazine’s new senior editor. He’ll be writing project and technique articles (lots of articles) for the magazine and web site, serving as one of our a technical editors, handling tool reviews and Tricks of the Trade, answering e-mails from you on all … Read more
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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 illustrated … Read more
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 of … Read more
I recently stumbled across a short but interesting video from The Furniture Project in which Alan Breed and frequent Popular Woodworking Magazine contributor Charles Bender discuss a Seymour-inspired chair made by North Bennet Street student Timm Scheliff. For those unfamiliar with The Furniture Project, it’s a relaunch of the WoodExpo show in Boston and a great spot … Read more
An exercise in dowel-making without a lathe.
By Charles Bender
From the February 2012 issue #195
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During my formative years as a woodworker my instructor, Werner Duerr, taught many lessons both subtle and gross. Sometimes it wasn’t until years later that I learned the benefit. Toward the end of the first year, students were required to make a box with different compartments to hold nails. The project was timed and had to be completed using both hand and power tools but the bulk of the work had to be done by hand. The handle, in particular, was allowed to be made only by hand. To make a wooden cylinder without the aid of a lathe was one of the subtler lessons in planecraft Werner taught me.
This Pennsylvania area developed unique and recognizable furniture.
By Charles Bender
From the December 2011 issue #194
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From its green rolling hills in the south and plains-like farmland in its middle to the nearly mountainous terrain in the north, the topography of Chester County, Penn., is as diverse as its people and, more important, its furniture. As woodworkers, nearly everyone who is interested in period furniture has heard of Chester County. But do many even know where Chester County is?
BLOG: Read Chuck’s blog for more on the Chester County style.
WEB SITE: Read more about Acanthus Workshops and Chuck’s classes.
TO BUY: “Cabriole Legs Simplified,” a DVD by the author.
IN OUR STORE: Chuck can teach you how to “Carve a Ball & Claw Foot”with his step-by-step DVD.
Whether or not you’re able to attend the Woodworking in America Conference (Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Greater Cincinnati), you can still learn top-notch woodworking techniques from our expert speakers. Read more