Benches, Chairs & Beds
Practical Projects from Shaker to Contemporary
Best of Woodworker's Journal

Softcover
215 x 280mm
151pp

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA

R.R.P.$29.90

ISBN 978-1-56523-343-0

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Split-Mortise Bench


New England Settle


Frame-and-Panel Entry Bench


Portable Folding Bench for Two


Hoop-Back Garden Bench


English Garden Bench


Rush-Covered Stool


Hoosier Step Stool


Intarsia-Backed High Chair


Adirondack Chair Revisited


Portable Outdoor Chair


Canadian Ladder-Back Chair

 

As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 139

Making furniture is cited by many woodworkers as one of their most important motivations for becoming involved in the craft. Benches, Chairs and Beds should therefore be of interest to many.

Each of the projects in the book has appeared in the US publication, the Woodworker's Journal. They are therefore a collection of work by many designers and reflect a variety of styles. As a group, however, they could be described as mostly contemporary, solid and well-made, with clear, uncomplicated lines.

There are six benches, among them a Split-Mortise Bench (an excellent example of a technique applicable to many other projects), a New England Settle, a Portable Folding Bench for Two and an English Garden Bench.

There are seven chairs, ranging from a Rush Covered Stool and a Cherry Dining Chair to an intriguing Hoosier Step Stool which can be inverted for use as a set of steps.

Finally, there are five beds, from a Trundle Bed and Space-Saving Fold-Down Bed to a Pencil Post Bed.

The book is well written and well illustrated with dimensioned drawings and excellent photos.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial

Contents

Benches

Split-Mortise Bench
by Greg Wood
Timber-framed joinery in a 100-year-old Minnesota smokehouse provided inspiration for this sturdy bench. The rest of the styling can be reproduced with a band saw and a drum sander.

New England Settle
by Chris Inman
Equally fitting next to the fireplace or in the entryway, this colonial bench will warm your home with its old-world charm.

Frame-and-Panel Entry Bench
by Jim Jacobson
Here's a place to sit while you pull on your boots, plus a spot to store your gloves a perfect bench for any busy foyer.

Portable Folding Bench for Two
by John English
It's Tuesday night at the Little League field, and you're in for a doubleheader. But at least you won't have to sit on the damp grass, because you've brought along this super bench.

Hoop-Back Garden Bench
by Chris Marshall
Graceful curves give this bench a timeless style, while rugged construction ensures that it will last forever in your garden.

English Garden Bench
by Chris Inman
With its white-oak timber and mortise-and-tenon joinery, this beautiful classic bench will grace your backyard for decades.

Chairs

Rush-Covered Stool
by David Larson
Here's a distinctive accent piece for your home's entryway plus, an opportunity for you to learn the age-old skill of seat weaving.

Hoosier Step Stool
by Ralph Bagnall
A reproduction of a 1920s midwestern classic, this hardworking kitchen stool offers both a step-up and a sit-down.

Intarsia-Backed High Chair
by Bruce Kieffer
This project creates a safe spot for youngsters during mealtimes, while introducing you to the ancient art of intarsia

A Brief History of the Adironback Chair
by Rob Johnstone
Learn the origins of this enduring American archetype

Adirondack Chair Revisited
by Dana and Michael Van Pelt
Here's a charming hardwood version of an American classic, recreated after the style of Greene and Greene.

Portable Outdoor Chair
by Rick White
With this handy folding chair in your car, you'll be as comfortable as you are at home while spending time in the great outdoors.

Canadian Ladder-Back Chair
by Stephen Shepherd
This rustic gem is similar to examples found in old Quebec and Virginia in the early nineteenth century. You can make it with hand tools, as the frontiersmen did, or use machine tools instead.

Cherry Dining Chair
by Chris Inman
Build one or make a set of eight but try your hand at chair making with this basic side chair. You'll likely find the process a whole lot easier than you've been led to believe.

Beds

Space-Saving Fold-Down Bed
by Rick White
Perfect for a guest bedroom or a student apartment, this clever foldaway bed becomes a desk by day.

Trundle Bed
by Rick White
You'll always be ready for company with this stylish two-in-one bed, which features an extralong, full-size mattress on the upper bunk and a twin-size one on the trundle.

Bed for Readers
by Rick White
This queen-size bed features an inclined backrest, three large storage compartments, and three drawers for your bedside collectibles perfect if you like to read yourself to sleep.

Maple and Padauk Bed Frame
by Chris Inman
Getting a look of sophistication can be very simple, as this bed demonstrates: Its distinctive lines are achieved using only basic joinery and one primary tool, the router.

Pencil Post Bed
by LiLi Jackson
We spend more than a third of our lives sleeping, so why not make the time you spend in bed more opulent? Set the stage with this simple but elegant bed design.


Cherry Dining Chair


Space-Saving Fold-Down Bed


Space-Saving Fold-Down Bed


Trundle Bed


Bed for Readers


Maple and Padauk Bed Frame


Pencil Post Bed