Take a Seat - Building the Staked Bench

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Take a Seat - Building the Staked Bench

165.00

In this 2.5 day class, Tom will teach you how to make a simple and strong sittin' bench, using only a few basic hand tools and traditional techniques. We'll start by walking to our local sawmill to see how Jim turns trees into slabs, and learn how to select a good wood for the job. You'll pick out a slab and hand plane it into a seat, then form the legs on a shaving horse using drawknives and spokeshaves. Finally, you'll assemble the bench using a tapered mortise and tenon joint that's glued and wedged for durability. Your finished bench will seat 2-3 people. If you work quickly, you'll have the chance to build a second bench for the Prairie Mountain Folk School {library, cafeteria, gymnasium, whatever}. Benches will be finished in milk paint or linseed oil - it's up to you. Be ready to work hard - great strength is not needed, but good general physical condition is advised.

March 29th & 30th, 9-5pm
Course Fee: $125 Material Fee: $40
Course limited to 10 students

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A signed waiver is required for participation in all classes at Prairie Mountain Folk School. Minors must have an adult guardian sign a waiver on their behalf. Your instructor will provide a waiver form to sign at the beginning of your class.