Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Make A Nakashima Inspired Sitting Bench/Coffee Table 19-1

  • 15 Apr 2019
  • 9:00 AM
  • 20 Apr 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
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  • Registration after Jan. 15, 2019.
  • You will be invoiced for the entire amount but you may make a $400 payment to hold a spot in the workshop. The balance is due Jan. 31, 2019.

    Materials Supplied. See the Class Description if you'd like to bring your own live edge top.

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Make A Nakashima Inspired Sitting Bench/Coffee Table 

Instructor: Taeho Kwon          
White Card Required

In this 6 day workshop you will construct this beautiful sitting bench or coffee table using traditional timber frame joinery, which is known for its integral strength utilizing locking joinery. This class will challenge and improve your hand tool and machine skills. Taeho will discuss the concept and layout of the joints, as well as the preparation and sharpening of the Eastern hand tools used in the class.There are many books available about Eastern joinery that informs how to make the joints but not exactly where to use and not use, and why. During this workshop Taeho will share the answers to the questions he had, like these, during his apprenticeship years.

At the end of the class you will have a greater understanding of joinery beyond the basic dovetail, and mortise and tenon. The table or bench, with the exposed mortise and tenon joinery on top, will take your woodworking to a new level.

The approximate size of this bench or coffee table is 58″L x 20″W x 18″H. The construction will be walnut post and legs with a western maple top, achieving a nice contrasting wood appearance, based on availability.

This workshop is normally targeted for woodworkers with intermediate skill levels, however,Taeho has developed jigs, to assist less experienced woodworkers to be successful with the hand tools used in the class. Students must have a White Card and should have some experience with the jointer, planer, and router table. This class will be staffed with Shop Attendants to monitor the safe use of Guild machines and to provide assistance.

What you’ll learn:

  •  A brief history of traditional Eastern and Western timber framing
  •  Skills and technique in the use, care, and sharpening of Eastern handsaws and chisels
  •  How to properly utilize a wood's grain
  •  How to expand the lifespan of the wood in furniture design and building
  •  Timber framing joinery
  •  Milling to final size
  •  Marking and layout
  •  Routing with a router table
  •  Use and preparation of live edge slabs

Students will be provided a tool list well in advance to prepare for this workshop. A work party will be scheduled for materials preparation. Materials will be provided.

You may select to bring your own slab if desired. The slab should be approximately 48” – 60”L x 12” - 18”W x 13/4" - 2" thick. Contact the class coordinator to adjust the price before paying for the class.


Taeho Kwon attended East Carolina University majoring in Commercial Arts to become an interior designer. His true goal was to make his own designs, instead of hiring other makers. To achieve this, he applied for jobs out in the field and started working on fine carpentry. He learned everything he could from framing to exteriors, anything that would improve his skills. After learning and practicing for 12 years, he decided to take a step further and extend his understanding of joinery. In 2010, he traveled to Korea and attended The School of Traditional Korean Buildings, earning a Certificate of Maintenance and Restoration for Korean traditional buildings. He learned to make Buddhist temples and a “King’s Palace.” Since then, he has spent numerous years gaining experience on the maintenance and restoration of Korean traditional houses, as well as temple buildings. He focused on temples because he wanted to improve his knowledge of joinery and the secrets of making them last for thousands of years. In temple building, there are three times more different joinery involved than in fine furniture building. His plan has been to utilize this advanced joinery in his own furniture design and making, which is represented in his sitting bench/coffee table creation.

Direct any questions to Chip Webster, , the class coordinator.


Payment and Cancellation Policy for This Workshop

Students registering before Jan. 15, 2019 will receive an invoice for the $1195.00 but have the option to make an early payment of $400. The remainder due of $795, is due by January 31, 2019. If registering after 1/15/2019 full payment is required within 7 days of registration.

A cancellation notice must be submitted to the GOOW-Registrar 30 days prior to the workshop for a 50% refund.  If the vacancy can be filled with another student, a full refund will be received. 

In order to complete your registration, payment must be made within 7 days of  invoice. Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

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