Build a Slab Bench or Stool


Instructor: John Manthei

Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2023
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

In this class each participant will build a sturdy stool/bench with a spruce slab as the seat and fire-killed spruce for legs. These are great pieces of furniture with many uses. The can be used in an entryway for putting on boots or outside or inside for seating or work surfaces. The slabs we will be using (flat on one side, round on the other) are fairly wide and thick. Within the limits of our supply, you will be able to choose the length of your bench.

On Saturday we will cut our slabs to length, clean up the round side (the bottom of bench), shape the ends as desired and drill the leg holes. We will then clean up our spruce pole legs and create the tenons (the cylindrical end that fits snugly into the leg holes). The last thing we need to complete on Saturday is to glue and wedge the legs into the seat. On Sunday we will level up our benches, trim the protruding tenon ends, surface the tops, and generally shine them up so they are ready for finish. We will talk about finishing options, but that is something you will need to do at home.

We will be using saws, drawknives, spokeshaves, planes, carving knives, shave horses, and drill press or power drill.

Build a Slab Bench or Stool