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This awesome video shows furniture maker extraordinaire Mike Jarvi creating one of his signature steamed-wood benches from a single slab of wood. The video documents the several-month-long process, from chainsawing the log to finishing the bench. Great filmmaking and soundtrack, too. Rock n’ roll woodworking! [Thanks, Eric!]

Mike Jarvi

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. jstack says:

    This man is my hero!!

  2. GuyInMilwaukee says:

    Woodworking porn. Beautiful project.
    That said… I’d much rather have a voice-over explaining each step than the music track.

  3. Alan Parekh says:

    What a great video showing this amazing process. I was initially thinking this was a few pieces of bent wood glued in place.

  4. jimofoz says:

    This was one of the best DIY videos I’ve seen. Great way to make a bench. Details aren’t really needed – pretty straight forward technique (after several dozen tries anyway).

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