DIY Woodworking: Shaker Furniture Project Plans

Woodworking Plans 1Want to try your hand at making your own classic Shaker-style furniture? Popular Woodworking Magazine has published a book called ‘Shaker Furniture Projects’ that’s packed full of 33 projects varying from small projects like traditional hanging shelves to larger projects like a Press Cupboard.

Shaker furniture, often made using Eastern White Pine, is an American tradition that was refined by our nation’s early craftsmen. Consisting of clean, minimalist lines and making use of innovative joinery and peg systems, Shaker furniture is known for a high level of quality and a look that fits into nearly any interior design style.

Prefer to check out projects one by one, and purchase plans a la carte? Peruse the options at Wood Magazine and Fine Woodworking, both of which offer plans for items like clocks, dining tables, chests of drawers and bed frames.

Shaker Style: Classic American Furniture Made of Eastern White Pine

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Much like the Windsor chair, an English design that was refined by early American craftsmen, Shaker style is among the most classic and iconic furniture traditions in our country’s history. The Shakers emphasized simplicity and functionality, creating beds, chairs, benches, clocks, cradles and much more boasting clean, elegant lines and sturdy construction.

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The underlying principles of Shaker design, which often includes innovative joinery and peg systems as seen above, have had a significant impact on modern furniture. Free of frills yet made to the highest quality standards, these pieces fit in to a wide range of interior design styles, from traditional country to minimalist contemporary aesthetics.

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Many Shaker items are made using Eastern White Pine, including the seats of true classics like the Shaker Meetinghouse Bench and Revolving Stool by Shaker Workhouse (pictured top). Other items, like the Shaker Bed and Chest from Shipskewana Furniture, are made entirely of this durable and versatile wood.