Free Wooden Bench Plans for the Woodworking Beginner
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Page 2 of these free wooden bench plans will take you through cutting all of the pieces for this Shaker bench with shelf.
These plans were designed for the woodworking beginner to build using the Kreg pocket hole jig, and can be easily modified to add another shelf.
In this photo the Shaker bench is being used in the laundry room, but with the extra shelf could also be used a TV console. With 2 shelves, there would be room for all the TV related components.
Cut your bottom shelf for these Kreg joint plans to 32" long, and 12" wide. Once more, mark the poorer side with an 'X'. That will be the underneath side of your shelf - the side where you will drill the pocket holes.
From your 3" wide board, cut both of the 2 side cleats and your center cleat to 10 1/2" wide.
In our photos the cleats were only 2 inches wide, and we had trouble with the cleats splitting when inserting the pocket hole screws. So we only used wood screws to attach the cleat to the end of the bench. We revised these free wooden bench plans to use 3" wide cleats, which makes it much easier to use your pocket hole jig to drill the pocket holes. That is what is shown in the diagram.
Because the cleats will be hidden, choosing the best side is not important.
This center cleat is the same cutting dimensions as the two side cleats, but is drilled differently. This cleat gives alot of support to your bench top, and ties the bench top and side rails together.
This piece will also be hidden so the choosing the best side is not important.
Our primary woodworker is a lefty so he aligns his circular saw on the left side of the cross cutting jig. If you are right handed:
- move your straight edge to the left side of the line;
- line up your saw blade on your line;
- clamp your straight edge to the left side of the saw;
- check that your straight edge is square to your board; and
- make your cut following your straight edge.
Step Two. Setting Up Your Pocket Hole Jig and Drilling Your Pocket Holes.
With your boards cut to length, your next step in these Shaker bench plans is to set up your pocket hole jig. The 'step' in the step drill bit is set to 3/4 inch, just as in the photo.
The upper part of your Kreg jig will also be positioned at the 3/4 inch mark. Once that is done, you are ready to drill the pocket holes in these woodworking beginner plans.
You will make 4 pocket holes on each end of your shelf. As you put your shelf into your Kreg pocket hole jig, make sure that your 'X' is on the side facing you.
Although not in the photograph, you will also make 4 pocket holes on the top end of your side pieces. Again, make sure you are drilling into the side that you want on the inside of your finished Kreg joint project.