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  • Building Furniture: Design and Fabricate a Wooden Shaker Bench in the woodshop

  • Building Furniture: Design and Fabricate a Wooden Shaker Bench in the woodshop

  • Design and Fabricate a Wooden Bench: Plan, Process, Assemble, and Finishing Wood

  • Design and Fabricate a Wooden Bench: Plan, Process, Assemble, and Finishing Wood

  • Design and Fabricate a Wooden Bench: Plan, Process, Assemble, and Finishing Wood

  • Building Furniture: Design and Fabricate a Wooden Shaker Bench in the woodshop

  • Design and Fabricate a Wooden Bench: Plan, Process, Assemble, and Finishing Wood

  • Building Furniture: Design and Fabricate a Wooden Shaker Bench in the woodshop

About the Course

Learn Custom Woodworking: Design & Build Furniture in Our Philadelphia Woodshop

Create a handmade bench through NextFab’s comprehensive woodworking classes and workshops! Whether you’re a seasoned woodworker, looking to learn a new craft, or an eager beginner ready to dive in, our woodshop is the perfect place to start. We’ll discuss design, material selection, and joinery while looking at some historic examples of Shaker benches. In the woodshop, you’ll use the jointer and planer to work with rough-sawn lumber and the tablesaw, bandsaw, and router to shape furniture parts.

By the end of this Maker’s Series, you’ll walk away with a finished custom bench and the experience to tackle larger, more complicated projects. Expand your creative vision with our CNC training program, learn to use the ShopBot router for intricate designs, or introduce upholstery to your freshly created bench.

Note: The materials included are to create a small hardwood bench and to practice the process, though feel free to source your own material and scale your project to fit your budget. Some outside-class independent work is expected.

NextFab’s Maker Series is a two-month program that gives you 2 months of membership, up to 5 classes, unlimited shop access, and a cohort to learn alongside. Registration opens Monday, February 26th at 9 am. To register please fill out our Membership Agreement Form and select Maker Series.

Class 1: Sunday, April 7th,  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Group Session: Project Planning

Class 2: Sunday, April 14th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wood Shop Orientation

Class 3: Sunday, April 28th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Table Saw I / Wood Milling

Class 4: Sunday, May 5th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Group Session: Joinery

Class 5: Sunday, May 12th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Group Session: Assembly

Class 6: Sunday, May 19th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Wood Finishing

  • Day One: Group Session: Project Planning
    • Discuss designing a bench, material selection, and making a cut list. Plan joinery (simple – antique nails, domino jointer, dados, and/or dowels).
  • Day Two: Wood Shop Orientation
    • Review the project. Focus on how to use a bandsaw, drill press, and sanding machines to cut the legs of the bench (arches, etc).
  • Day Three: Tablesaw I and Wood Milling
    • Review cutting board project. Demo wood prep from mitersaw → jointer → planer → tablesaw.
  • Day Four: Group Session: Joinery
    • Discuss and demo how to cut dados on the table saw, how to use a domino/biscuit joiner, and how to install decorative nails.
  • Day Five: Group Session: Assembly
    • Glue up!
  • Day Six: Wood Finishing
    • Apply a basic finish on your bench

What’s Next:

  • Use the learned foundation to take on another project!
  • Take Upholstery I to create a cushion to add to your bench
  • Take Leatherworking I to learn how to add something special to a piece of furniture

Request a Class

Let us know your prefered dates and times, and we’ll work with you to put something on the calendar. Please note we need at least 48 hours notice to schedule classes.