A Bench That Fits Every Room
Tapered seat is comfortable, elegant, and easier than it looks
Synopsis: 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 tapered with beveled edges. The routed groove in the legs serves a dual purpose — hiding the glueline and adding a design element. A simple planer jig and templates make it easy to build multiples of this bench. And aside from the mortise-and-tenon joints, everything on it, from the tapers to the grooves to the pocket joints, is simple to execute.
I designed this bench to match a dining table (see Contents, p. 5), but its clean, contemporary style and comfortable seat let it sit just as well in the foyer, bedroom, mudroom, or on the front porch. It even works under a tree in the backyard, if made with exterior woods and finishes.
The slight taper on the tops of the…