Shaker Workbench

A stack of drawers and storage under a workbench has Shaker written all over it.
By Glen D. Huey
Pages: 62-71

From the December 2007 issue #166
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When I started work at Popular Woodworking magazine my workbench was a couple storage cabinets on wheels and a cut-off slab of solid-core door. The assembled bench design worked, but then again, it wasn’t sturdy, solid or anywhere near going to be the bench that I used for an extended period of time. So it was decided that I should build a workbench. A Shaker-style workbench jumped to the forefront of the many design choices. I wanted a showy bench. One that when looked at in 100 years, most observers would wonder if it was for use or for show.

To create a Shaker design I knew that I needed to have doors and a stack of drawers under the benchtop. In keeping with traditional Shaker benches, I planned to paint the under-chassis. But the structural members, as well as the top, had to be tiger maple – of which over the years I had accumulated quite a stash of less-than-quality figured wood that would do nicely as a workbench top.

Online Extras:

For a drawing showing the location of the workbench dog holes, click here.

Dog Holes Video – http://www.popularwoodworking.com/video/workbench_dog_holes

Drawer Parts Video – http://www.popularwoodworking.com/video/calculating_drawer_parts

From the December 2007 issue #166
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