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Bench is a collaberative co-working spacefor artisans and builders

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Welcome to Bench

Bench is a public woodworking shop, co-working space, and artisan hub. We offer hobbyists and professional makers the community, equipment, and space they need to build great things. We provide hands-on classes on a monthly basis, mentorship and project planning sessions by appointment, and best practice tips any time you’re in the shop!

Around here, you'll see people working in disciplines such as Woodworking, Screen Printing, Metal Smithing, Ceramics, Photography, and more.

Bench Hours

  • Sunday

    12pm-5pm
  • Monday

    * CLOSED *
  • Tuesday

    9am-9pm
  • Wednesday

    9am-5pm
  • Thursday

    9am-9pm
  • Friday

    9am-5pm
  • Saturday

    9am-5pm

Gentleman in Charge

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    Ben Petersen

    Ben founded his furniture company, TimberSmith Goods, in 2009. He learned first hand how hard it can be to flourish with inadequate shop resources, lack of exposure to the local market, and a lack of mentorship. After growing frustrated with working alone in his home garage, Ben founded Bench in 2012 to fill an obvious need he saw in the Omaha community. Several locations and hundreds of long days later, he has created the ideal space for professional artisans and local hobbyists to work, learn, and create.

    At any given time, you can find him around the shop working on a commissioned piece, chatting with one of our members, building out a private studio, or sketching new furniture designs up in our co-working space.