Build a Sitting Bench with Hand Tools Fall 2023


Dates: Mondays September 18 – November 13, 2023 (No Class Monday October 9th)

Time: 6-9:00pm, 8 classes, 24 hours.

Fee: $165, plus cost of materials (likely to be about $125.00, paid to the instructor at first class).

Location: Worcester Technical High School, 1 Officer Manny Familia Way

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In this 8 week course, students will build a sitting bench, perfect for kicking your shoes off at the end of a long day. Using a minimal tool list, students will learn how to build a staked bench using techniques that will serve as a foundation for building high quality furniture that will last generations.

Students will learn how to:

  • Set & use a hand plane
  • Create a spring joint
  • Layout and drill compound angles
  • Make tapered mortise & tenon joints
  • Octagonalize and taper legs
  • Level legs to the floor


Most tools will be available for students to use. A tool list will be sent out before the start of class if you would like to bring your own.

This class is appropriate for all levels of wood working skills.


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