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Master Cabinetmaker’s Bench

Master Cabinetmaker’s Bench A proven design that will last a lifetime. By Alan Turner I have many tools in my shop, but the most important one is my bench. It has a classic design, favored by cabinetmakers for generations. I’ve spent a long time refining the details of this bench. I’ve...

AW Extra 12/26/13 – Adirondack Loveseat

Adirondack Loveseat It’s just as comfortable as it looks. By Tom Caspar *About This Project: Our Adirondack two-seater is based on one built by Jack Priest as a centerpiece for the deck outside his son’s restaurant, The Tin Fish, overlooking Lake Calhoun, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our design is slightly different from...

AW Extra 9/5/13 – Colonial Bench

Colonial Bench Splayed legs add stability indoors or out. By Steven Bunn I demonstrate Windsor chair-making at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine, an event that celebrates traditional crafts of all kinds. There’s never enough seating, so this year I resolved to build some benches to set up around...

Natural Bench

Natural Bench How to make strong joints in slabwood. By Greg Wood When I need wood for a project, my first stop is a small mill near my shop that specializes in local hardwoods. On one particular visit I noticed a pile of offcuts sitting out in the rain. As I...

Sliding Dovetail Bench

Sliding Dovetail Bench Super-strong router joints give it elegant simplicity. By Tim Johnson This elegant bench has humble origins: Its forebears have been sat upon, stepped on and dragged about for centuries. Utilitarian ancestry is readily apparent in our bench. It features simple construction and strong interlocking joints.  The pieces fit...

Stowaway Bench

Stowaway Bench This bench will fit in any entryway, and store your umbrella and gloves too! By Jon Stumbras This country-style bench will cut the clutter by the door and serve as a resting spot to put on your shoes. The lid opens up to reveal a handy storage area. At...

AW Extra 3/6/14 – Wedged-Base Workbench

Wedged-Base Workbench Tablesaw joinery locks it together. By Tim Johnson This workbench has a top ready for hard use. But it’s the base that catches your eye. The interlocking joinery, with its dovetails and wedges, is rock solid, yet it knocks down quickly for moving. Although it looks complicated, the base...