DIY Shaker Workbench Plans

The design of shaker workbench is classy without losing its functional purposes. The workbench is generally designed as woodworking tool and as the outfeed of a table saw. The shaker workbench is equipped with multi drawers under the bench top to organize the woodworker’s tools and hardware.

Step 1. Make the Frames

To make the end frames, use 2×6 panels and trim both ends to eliminate all round edges. Glue the upright as well as the crossmember pieces altogether. Clamp the coated upright pieces to the coated crossmembers to see if both are fit right. Mark the location of the mortise on 3 inches uprights.

Step 2. Drill the Mortise

Drill a hole on each mortise location on the coated uprights using Forstner bit. Equip the Forstner bit with some back block to avoid any chip-out. After drilling, continue the work using one inch chisel and jigsaw to form the throughout mortises.

Step 3. Finished End

After the mortise is all done, glue the coated uprights with the coated crossmembers to create the end frame as shown in the picture.

Step 4. Make the Workbench Feet

Cut and glue in place all four short ends which are suitable for the crossmembers. Then, fit all the short ends flush in the opposite position with the coated uprights. Cut and glue some small strips to the finished ends’ bottoms to add a foot on every bottom end.

Step 5. The Stretches

If you want to easily assemble and dissemble the workbench, you can make an opening on each stretcher. You can secure the tenoned stretches with bolt onto the end frames.

Step 6. Assemble and Dissemble the Stretchers Using Bolt

Assemble four tenoned stretchers into two end frames. Slide the bolt through the holes of the end frames and of the rails. Secure the assembly by using nuts and flat washers to strengthen the stretchers into the end frames.

Step 7. Wood Plank Storage

As for making the storage or drawers underneath the top frame, cut ¾ inches wood plank to make the fitting drawers. You can band the plank edges using solid wood to cover the plies.

Step 8. Finishing

As for the drawers, use ¾ inches wood plank to make the front, sides and back of the drawers. The bottom of the drawers is made of ½ inches wood plank. You can use solid oak for the drawer knobs. You can store your tools and hardware inside the drawers and can easily slide off the drawers to access them. For the workbench space, choose strong plywood door to minimize the damage.