Build a Modern Four-Board Bench


Build a Modern Four-Board Bench *Cancelled*

A great first project for anyone interested in building furniture.


Sun, 10/22/2023 - Sun, 11/5/2023


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


Build a simple but classy bench that gives a modern twist to the traditional four-board bench.

This class makes a great first furniture project. You'll go through all the basic steps:

  • Develop a stock list from a plan.
  • Lay out parts on wood, cut pieces to rough dimensions, and mill the precise sizes you need.
  • Cut and fit the joinery (the bench has wedged tenons and cross-lap joints).
  • Create design details and edge treatments.
  • Plan and execute a calm, thoughtful glue-up.

The instructor will discuss final surface preparation and finish options, but you may not have time in the class to complete these steps.

You will use mostly machine tools, supplemented with hand tools.


The class fee covers poplar and all additional materials other than finish.

BARN has all the tools needed, but if you have these tools, please bring them:

  • No. 4 smoothing plane or a No. 5 jack plane
  • Low-angle block plane
  • Bevel gauge


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

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