Contemplation Bench

Marc Spagnuolo

This sitting bench’s graceful curves are carved using a combination of power tools and hand tools. We’ll look at various carving implements available to woodworkers as well as alternative options that could make the job easier. I originally designed this bench back in 2005 so we’ll take some time to consider the overall look and how it might be improved upon. We will then create the new and improved version. A project like this will not only hone your woodworking skills, but also your eye for design.

  • 6 lessons
  • 139 min
  • $50.00

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file.
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Large open mortise & tenon joinery
  • Carving with power tools (angle grinder and die grinder)
  • Shaping with rasps
  • Designing elegant curves
  • Creating curved templates

What You Need:

  • Basic woodworking tools including Table Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, Planer, and Router.
  • The power carving is done using an angle grinder outfitted with carving discs. Smaller details are done using a die grinder and a ball mill
  • Cabinetmaker’s rasps


About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.