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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.
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.