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Traditional Empire Bench

Bring an elegant piece of European history into your own home with this classic, comfortable bench that’s fit for a king.

Known for its tall, graceful arms with sweeping curves, the empire bench gained its name due to its popularity among European rulers in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. This version of the classic bench features many of the same notes as the traditional ones — elegant lines, gentle curves, and time-tested construction — but with a more down-to-earth design that’ll look great in your home, even if it’s not a palace. The bench has a stout, sturdy appearance due to the use of thick,quartersawn white oak throughout. And rock-solid mortise and tenon joinery ensures that the bench will stay together for the long haul. Of course, the first element that likely draws your eye are the end assemblies. With curved legs and slats and rounded crest rails at the top, they certainly lend a distinctive look to the bench.

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  • 21 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 97 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
  • Cutting diagram and materials list
  • Full-size pattern for the curved parts
  • Retail sources for project supplies

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