Online Class

Woodworking Essentials: Benches & Boxes

$19.99$39.99

Build three quick, easy projects you can use at home, in the workshop or as gifts. Along the way, get confident working with a chisel, handsaw, dovetail joints and more.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Mike Siemsen
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Make a simple bench, a dovetail bench and a dovetail box as you discover a variety of small woodworking project ideas and techniques. Woodworking professional and instructor Mike Siemsen shows you how to sharpen a chisel and shares tips on proper usage. Next, find out how to construct a simple workbench top, and use effective hand-sawing techniques. Then, build a sturdy, simple bench with secure dado joints. Go step by step through building a more complex bench with snug, clean dovetails, and use a compass and coping saw to cut an impressive ogee design in your bench apron. For your box project, you'll create dovetails with an excellent fit, construct mortise hinges for the lid, add decorative hardware and finish your work with shellac. Enjoy making three useful, personalized projects as you build essential hand tool skills.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started
31:15
Meet your instructor, professional woodworker Mike Siemsen, and preview the projects you'll make in this class. Mike shows you how to create a simple, inexpensive sharpening station with sandpaper and a piece of glass. Next, learn the proper steps for sharpening a chisel using your newly created sharpening station. Before beginning the first woodworking project, Mike constructs a simple work area, shares his tips for using a handsaw and chisel and discusses how to select quality materials from a long board.
2. Simple Bench
27:20
3. Dovetail Bench, Part One
25:36
4. Dovetail Bench, Part Two
21:59
5. Creative Options for Bench
28:09
6. Dovetail Boxes
35:35
7. Decorative Options
14:58

Taught by

Mike Siemsen
Mike Siemsen
Mike Siemsen is a lifelong woodworker. During his career, he has run his own cabinet and furniture shop, worked as a house carpenter, a restoration furniture maker on 18th century American furniture, and in millwork and fixture shops. Mike holds a B.S. in industrial education. He is the chapter secretary for The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and a member of the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild. He currently runs his own woodworking shop and teaches classes at Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking.

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