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Design outdoor furniture to weather well. How to Build a Garden Bench opens with furniture maker Hank Gilpin offering seasoned advice on designing pieces to withstand the elements and age gracefully. Then, woodworker Matt Kenney guides you step by step through the process of constructing this gorgeous garden bench on this DVD, that includes a Bonus SketchUp Plan. Advance your joinery skills. Working on this project, you’ll learn how to make tight-fitting mortise-and-tenon joints that are key to sturdy outdoor furniture – a technique you can put to good use on future projects. Plus, you get an experienced woodworker’s take on the subtle art of shaping the curved elements that define this piece. Expert tips to work smarter and faster. Save time as you discover simple methods for turning out lightening-fast mortises, two great ways to tenon, and tips for no-fuss, no-muss gluing up. As you build this artfully designed bench, you’ll also increase your know-how and advance your skills. Order your How to Build a Garden Bench DVD now. About the authors Matt Kenney – Watertown, Connecticut A teacher of philosophy before he started working as an editor at Fine Woodworking, Matt Kenney started building furniture as a hobby. His first big project was a crib for his daughter constructed on a 2 ft. by 10 ft. apartment balcony. Then Matt met Joe Mazurek, a professional furniture maker in Camden, SC., who, according to Matt, “taught me almost everything I know about the craft.” Hank Gilpin – a Connecticut native Hank Gilpin has been designing and building fine art furniture for 30 years. A graduate of Boston University with a degree in photojournalism, he served in Vietnam as an army photographer. He was introduced to woodworking by Tage Frid at the Rhode Island School of Design. Hank is best known for the traditional, sturdy benches he builds in his home shop – a converted church.

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