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

Springtime at the Joiners Bench

In addition to the wood shop, the Joiners Bench includes a small home with lots of trees and plants. I love it in the spring when the flowers start to bloom and the trees take on their green leaves. I thought it would be fun to take a break from the...

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Fine Woodworking Live 2018

It was my pleasure to be a presenter at Fine Woodworking Live 2018 this past weekend. I always enjoying seeing the FW staff, as well as the talented woodworkers from all around the country who come together for a weekend filled with hands-on presentations and lectures.

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Sea Chest Workshop

Sea Chest Workshop The past month has been super busy. In addition to my commissioned work and regular teaching responsibilities at Salt Lake Community College, I taught three workshops on how to build this eye-catching sea chest.       Two of these classes were held...

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The New Year

2014 promises to be a great year for The Joiners Bench. I will be doing a variety of commissioned pieces, as well as customized training in my studio. I've committed to conduct two workshops at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I'm also teaching two classes on...

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Joinery instructions

This weekend I will be presenting to the Colorado Woodworkers Guild. As part of my presentation I will build an heirloom tool chest by hand and demonstrate various hand tool techniques. The following links provide step-by-step instructions for dovetail and mortise and...

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