Benches - Fine Woodworking Plans and Projects


The terms "bench" and "form" can be used interchangeably to refer to backless and elongated wooden seating. Originally a bench may have been freestanding and movable, whereas a form referred to a bench fixed to the wall. Furthermore, the term “bench”
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  • Cedar Garden BenchCedar Garden Bench

    The goal with this bench was to build something beautiful that could withstand years out in the weather without a finish. So furniture maker Jessica Wickham began ...

  • A Trestle Table with Modern AppealA Trestle Table with Modern Appeal

    by Daniel Chaffin

    This trestle table combines a classic design with modern details in a way that will fit into almost any home. The base is held together with mortise-and-tenon joints ...

  • 3 Outdoor Chairs3 Outdoor Chairs

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Learn to build elegant furniture for your garden, deck, or patio with expert advice from three makers: Hank Gilpin, Michael Fortune, and Matt Kenney. Each offers ...

  • A Bench That Fits Every RoomA Bench That Fits Every Room

    by Daniel Chaffin

    The clean, contemporary style of this bench makes it versatile enough to use in the dining room, foyer, hallway, porch, or even the back yard. The seat slats are ...

  • Japanese Garden BenchJapanese Garden Bench

    by Russell Jensen

    Russell Jensen designed this bench with a blend of traditional Tudor and Asian styles. The curved armrests, crest rail, and tapered back splats contribute to the ...

  • Best Outdoor Furniture ProjectsBest Outdoor Furniture Projects

    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Perfect for the summer: A quartet of designs for classic outdoor furniture from the Fine Woodworking archives

  • A Modern BenchA Modern Bench

    by Mark Edmundson

    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 ...

  • Vermont Maker Builds Stretch SetteeVermont Maker Builds Stretch Settee

    by Jonathan Binzen

    The 29-ft.-long, 203-spindle stretch settee comfortably accommodates 16

  • A Short History of BenchesA Short History of Benches

    by Graham Blackburn

  • A Light Settee in CherryA Light Settee in Cherry

    by Matthew Teague

    A comprehensive article on building a contemporary cherry settee, including a detailed project plan, tips on shaping and assembly, techniques for making a story ...

  • The Lutyens Garden BenchThe Lutyens Garden Bench

    by Tony O'Malley

    This bench was designed more than 100 years ago by Edward Lutyens, a British architect and designer. It has a whimsical frame around classically regimented slats ...

  • A Garden Bench for All SeasonsA Garden Bench for All Seasons

    by David Snediker

    David Snediker designed his wife’s garden bench with an eye to damp weather and little maintenance. He made it from 6/4 Spanish cedar to cut the price, which involved ...

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