It wasn’t until I came to work at Popular Woodworking that I finally realized what my father was doing during all those trips to Pleasant Hill. And now his appreciation for the simple effective designs of the Shaker Village has become my own.
While working on digitizing our back-issues for Digital Download, I came across our special issue 12 Shaker Projects. While I should have just continued to quickly code the issue for you readers, I instead took a few moments to view the magnificence of these pieces of furniture. Not only do they look gorgeous, they are extremely functional (our staff meets around a Trestle Table to start each week).
So I’ve provided below the table of contents of this issue, and whether you wish to build some of these projects or just appreciate the fine design of Shaker furniture , this is a good issue to add to your collection.
Also, if you would like more of a historical background of Shaker furniture designs, be sure to grab a copy of the book Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture by Kerry Pierce.
As a bonus, you can download the project plan for the Shaker Blanket Chest by Glen D. Huey by clicking here.
12 Shaker Projects
This stunning reproduction of Brother Benjamin Youngs’ famous tall Shaker clock will be an instant family heirloom in any home.
Creating the simple curves of these quintessentially Shaker oval boxes is easier
than it looks , once you know these tricks.
This authentic reproduction of a six-drawer tailor’s counter from Watervliet, New York, features plenty of drawers for storage and a drop-leaf to increase your work surface.
A traditional face frame, mitered beading and raised-panel doors turn this simple box into a finely detailed variation on a Shaker classic.
This trestle table steals a trick from the bedroom to make it astoundingly rock-solid , without sacrificing its lines and proportions.
Adapted from a Hancock, Mass. piece, this straightforward but lovely bench will help teach you the fundamentals of good workmanship.
This large two-door cabinet hides scads of adjustable shelving , perfect for storing games, home-office supplies, and any number of other items in a small footprint.
Contemporary CAD software helps restore the look of this occasionally corrupted 164-year-old classic Shaker design.
Practice your hand-cut dovetail technique with traditional tools and a shop-made 10-cent jig as you create this three-step classic.
Once used to help press linens, this beautiful Shaker reproduction serves as a showcase for any collection of china or pottery.
This faithful reproduction of a classic from Canaan, N.Y., features enough storage for a family’s-worth of quilts, plus two handy drawers at the bottom.
Simple tenons make this iconic three-legged table easier to build than using traditional sliding dovetail joints.