Making a steamed-wood bench

Making a steamed-wood bench


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

8 thoughts on “Making a steamed-wood bench

  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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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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