Danish Cord Bench

Caleb James
Build a classic Danish Modern bench with Danish cord and a Danish soap finish. A perfect gateway project to experience Danish Modern design aesthetics and construction. Highly functional in any modern home. It’s especially suited as an entry way bench or extra seating at the end of a bed. Let’s make an heirloom that touches your life everyday. Jump into this quick project. It will be fun.
Dimensions: 46-11/16” [1186mm] W, 17-7/8” [454mm] H, 15-9/32” [396] D
  • Starting on December 9, 2022
  • $59.00$39.00

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build process.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download on Dec 9th

What will I learn?

  • Stepped mortise & tenon joint
  • Danish cord flat weave pattern
  • Danish soap finish

What will I need?

  • TOOL LIST:
    • Power tools
      • Table saw (general work and cutting tenons)
      • Bandsaw (selecting straight grain)
      • Jointer
      • Thickness Planer
      • Drill press (mortises)
      • Pantorouter (mortise & tenon option)
    • Bits
      • 3/8” brad point drill bit (mortises)
      • 1/16” drill bit (nail pilot hole)
      • 1/4” roundover
      • 3/8” roundover
    • Handtools
      • Marking gauge
      • Router plane
      • Fractional dial calipers
      • Rasp or coarse half round file
      • Hand drill
      • Hacksaw (cutting steel rod)
      • Tac hammer
      • Nail set (optional)
      • Staple gun for securing cord with 3/16 crown 5/8 length (tacs optional)
      • Wire cutters or similar for cutting cord.
      • Needle nose pliers for adjusting cord nails.
      • Pick tool – “L” shaped
      • Awl (to start cord nails)
      • Sanding block
  • Clamps
    • 2 @ approx. 18” capacity
    • 2 @ min. 48” capacity
  • Supplies
    • 180 and/or 220 Sandpaper
    • PVA glue
    • CA glue
  • Materials
    • Primary hardwood for legs (oak, ash, walnut or similar)
    • Secondary hardwood for rails (beech, maple or similar)
    • Cord nails
    • Danish paper cord – 10 lbs spool 3mm dia. (~290 meters actually used.)
    • Leather for feet pads (optional)
    • 5/16” or 8mm steel rod
    • Pure Soap Flakes with not added perfumes or dyes (Optional Linseed/Danish Oil finish)
    • “Carpet” Tacs ~5/8”

About Your Instructor:

Caleb James

Caleb lives in Greenville, SC with his wife and two daughters. His first exposure to fine woodworking was in a middle school shop class where he built a stool. His interest in woodworking reemerged as a young adult building practical furniture for his first home. His interest (read obsession) and research into Danish chair design and construction began c.2005. He spent 6 years making furniture as a hobby before selling a successful business to make chairs full time in 2011. He has designed and produced a number of woodworking tools in the 18th and 19th century style most notably his line of spokeshaves for chairmaking. He has written several articles for Popular Woodworking magazine. He currently teaches Danish Modern chairmaking and is writing on that topic for a forthcoming book with Lost Art Press.