The Joiners Bench

Chris Gochnour is an experienced artisan, writer, teacher, and hand-tool expert who specializes in traditional woodworking techniques and design. He sells his pieces and shares his craft at The Joiners Bench. You can follow him on Instagram @TheJoinersBench.

Chris is a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine and a woodworking instructor.

Learn more by taking a glance at the Joiners Bench gallery, workshops and blog, or contact Chris directly.


Chris Gochnour specializes in handcrafted commissioned pieces from a wide range of styles. He personally builds each piece, start to finish, out of solid, handpicked woods.


Chris Gochnour teaches furniture making and traditional building techniques at several locations. He also offers a series of workshops at The Joiners Bench and limited one-on-one instruction and tutoring.

Contact Chris, 801-266-5859,, if you are interested in signing up for one of his workshops.

Take a look at the training opportunities listed below:

Salt Lake Community College

Intermediate Woods and Millwork/CMGT 2220
Furniture Design and Construction/CMGT 1530

Workshops at The Joiners Bench

Private Instruction and Small Group Lessons are offered at The Joiners Bench Studio. Learn more

Traditional Building Skills Institute

Traditional Building Skills Institute at Snow College in Ephraim. Utah.


Chris is a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking, the nation’s premier woodworking magazine, for which he has authored over 100 feature articles, Q&A’s and tool reviews.

Latest Updates on the Blog

Classic 19th Century Chinese stools

About 20 years ago I saw one of these three-legged stools at a client's home. I was drawn to its simplicity, but at the same time the complexity of its joinery. I made up my mind right then that I would build one in the future. It wasn't until about 12 years later...

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Documentary on building furniture

I was honored to be featured, along with Jeff Cobabe and Michael Ensign, two phenomenal artists/craftsmen, in a documentary about designing, building, and finishing a piece of furniture. The Salt Lake City Chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art...

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Marc Adams 2018

I enjoyed once again being an instructor at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. This year I taught 14 students how to build a bow-front table using a blend of machine and hand tools. The MASW has great facilities, outstanding staff, and some of the...

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Wood Turning with Marcus Reid

Marcus Reid apprenticed with me right out of high school. I consider him a great friend and now a mentor. He is an amazing artisan. Whether he building furniture, making string instruments or turning wood, he excels. As a teacher he sets lofty goals for the students,...

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2018 Summer Internship: Part One

The internships are progressing nicely. We worked on several group projects during the first week. Among them…an Enfield Shaker Cabinet, a Kumiko wall cabinet, and a bow-front sofa table.

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Summer 2018 Internships: Meet the students

The Joiners Bench is pleased to offer summer internships to several students interested in enhancing their furniture-making skills. Students work on one or two of their own furniture projects, as well as several group projects, in a collaborative setting. Outstanding furniture projects will be featured in the Salt Lake Furniture Design Show this fall. Meet the students…

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