Free Wood Furniture Plans for Shaker Bench with Shelf
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DIFFICULTY RATING: Beginner
These free wood furniture plans were designed for the woodworking beginner for construction with the Kreg pocket hole jig. This particular bench was original built to hold a flat panel TV, but as you can see from the photo the bench was hijacked to serve as a coffee table. This was after short stints as an entry way bench, a laundry room bench, and additional seating around the kitchen table.
Because of the versatility of this Kreg joint project, you may end up making several of these Shaker benches.
TOOLS NEEDED FOR THESE FREE BENCH PLANS:
These free wood furniture plans require only a few tools. For hand tools you will need:
- tape measure;
- Kreg pocket hole jig;
- compass; and
- wood clamps.
The power tools you need for these free bench plans are:
- jig saw; and
- circular saw.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THESE KREG JOINT PLANS:
The only materials you need to complete these free wood furniture plans are:
- 1 - 38 inches long by 16 inches wide, stain grade, pine panel;
- 6 foot long 1 inch by 12 inches pine board;
- 6 foot long 1 inch by 3 inches pine board;
- 4 foot long 1 inch by 3 inches pine board;
- 50 1 and 1/4 inch, coarse thread, Kreg screws; and
- 6 1 and 1/4 flat head screws.
MATERIAL ALTERNATIVES FOR THESE FREE BENCH PLANS:
If you chose to, you could also make the shelf from a stain grade, pine panel that is 12 inches wide, instead of the 12" wide pine board.
PROJECT COSTS FOR THESE KREG JOINT PLANS:
The approximate cost to build these free wood furniture plans for a Shaker bench, window seat, or coffee table is $45 to $50.
Step One. Cutting and Marking Your 9 Wood Pieces.
Cut the pieces for these free wood furniture plans as shown in the following diagrams.
In the photos you can see that we are using a straight edge to make the cuts on these pine boards. This is the simplest circular saw cross cutting jig.
More tips on cutting out the pieces are below the diagrams.
Once you have this top cut to 38" long and 14" deep, you need to make a couple of guide lines on the bottom of your bench top.
Along the long sides, draw a line 1" from each edge.
Along the short sides, draw a line 2 1/4" from each edge.
These 2 guide lines will form the white rectangle as shown in the diagram.
Once you have these two end pieces cut to 12" wide and 17 1/4" high, choose which side of each piece is the best. Place a light penciled 'X' on the poorer side. This is the side you will draw the 3" radius half circle, AND the side where you will drill the pocket holes.
On the poorer side of each end, draw a light pencil line 4 1/2" from the bottom. The underside of the bench shelf will line up on these guide lines.
We will show you how to make the half circle on page 3 of these woodworking beginner plans.
Also, the pocket holes will be drilled after you have cut all of your pieces. On page 2 of these free bench plans we will show you how to set up your pocket hole jig.
Cut two rail pieces 32" long from your 3" wide pine boards. Again, mark the poorer side with an 'X', so that when you drill your pocket holes, you will be doing so on the inside of that piece.