Charles Bender

Specializing in 18th Century Reproduction Furniture, Acanthus Workshop

Chuck has been building furniture since he was 12. For ten years he worked at Irion Company Furniture Makers leaving as head of their chair and casework production. Since 1991, he has earned a reputation as a builder of the highest quality 18th century reproduction furniture. In 2007, he started the Acanthus Workshop to become a woodworking mentor, instructor and author. In 2013 He worked for Popular Woodworking Magazine as a senior editor. In 2014 he ventured out on his own and with a couple of woodworkers helped co-found 360 Woodworking. Fast forward to 2017 and Chuck is getting The Acanthus Workshop back online and educating for The Woodworking Shows.

Charles’ 2020 Seminars, 2021 Seminars TBA
Paid Seminars

Joinery Fundamentals & Table Saw Joinery
  • Saturday 8:30am – 12:00pm – $50
    When joining two (or more) boards together you have many choices. Which joint should you use? In Joinery Fundamentals Chuck Bender teaches you about variety of basic joints, when to use them, how they work and why. With Table Saw Joinery you’ll learn how to make a variety of strong joints at the table saw quickly, accurately and efficiently using the standard equipment and a few shop-made jigs.
  • Saturday 8:30am – 10:00am – $35
    When joining two (or more) boards together you have many choices. Which joint should you use? Chuck Bender teaches you about variety of basic joints, when to use them, how they work and why.
  • Saturday 10:30am – 12:00pm – $35
    In this class you’ll learn how to make a variety of strong joints at the table saw quickly, accurately and efficiently using the standard equipment and a few shop-made jigs.

Seminars included with general admission

Modern Milling Methods

(Friday 1:30pm – 2:30pm)
In order to reduce frustration with joinery and assembly of your projects you need to start with the flattest, straightest, most accurately dimensioned lumber possible. Furniture Maker, Chuck Bender, shows you an easy, step-by-step method to ensure your materials are perfect every time.

Shop-made Moldings - By Hand and Power

(Friday 4:00pm – 5:00pm)
Moldings make the piece, right? But perfect moldings make it even better. In this seminar, Chuck Bender, shows you ways to combine power tools with hand tools to create the molding profiles you want rather than settle for the cutter profiles you have.

Hand-cut Dovetails with Mitered Corners

(Saturday 1:30pm – 2:30pm)
Dovetails are the ultimate case (box) construction joint. But how do you make a dovetailed box with a rabbet for a bottom? Chuck Bender shows you his method for cutting dovetails and creating mitered corners to hide rab

Double Raised Panel

(Saturday 4:00pm – 5:00pm)
If a raised panel is good, then raising it a second time has got to be better. In this seminar Chuck Bender demonstrates how to create a raised panel, then how to add a second decorative fielded area. The techniques are easy and add depth and interest to this classic construction method.

Project Assembly

(Sunday 10:30am – 11:30am)
Once you’ve got all the parts of your project cut to size and joined together it’s time to assemble, right? Maybe, but maybe not. Chuck Bender shows you how, and what surfaces to prep prior to assembly on a project. He also provides tips to speed up assembly, reduce glue squeeze out and clamp damage as you put your project together.

Finishing Basics

(Sunday 1:00pm – 2:00pm)
Many woodworkers come to a complete halt when it comes time to finish their projects. The fear of permanently ruining something you’ve invested time and money in creating causes them to freeze up. You don’t have to fall into this trap anymore. Chuck Bender walks you through a simple, repeatable process that gives you the tools to add color and finish to make your projects pop.