A Modern Bench
Straightforward joints, graceful curves, and a woven cord seat
A chair by famed Swedish designer Carl Malmsten inspired Mark Edmundson to design this bench when he was still a woodworking student. Since then, he has built quite a few. It is a good project for mastering mortise-and-tenon joinery, for working with gently curved components, and for learning to weave a seat. The legs are curved on their two outside faces, but are square on the inside for more straightforward joinery. The curved armrests seem to float above the legs. The Danish cord seat is woven by looping the cord over L-shaped nails.
Learn how Edmundson finishes this bench in a finishing recipe feature.
From Fine Woodworking #194