Fine Woodworking's Ultimate Shaker Workbench Plan

Fine Woodworking's Ultimate Shaker Workbench Plan

By:  Kenney, Matt
Pekovich, Michael

Product ID:  011516
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Taunton Press

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11.0 X 13.5 in
2 pg


Inspired by the workbench at Hancock Shaker Village, this bench has a big, heavy base with drawers for all of your hand tools, and a beefy hard-maple top. There is a twin-screw vise on the front apron, with enough space between the screws to dovetail most furniture parts. A sliding board jack supports boards for edge planing, or for when you need to dovetail a part that’s too big for the vise. The top can be drilled for holdfasts.


84 in. wide. by 26 in. deep by 34 in. tall


  • Extensive full-size and scale drawings
  • Detailed cutlist
  • Step-by-step companion article

Matt Kenney has been making things from wood his entire life. About 15 years ago, when he was a poor and recently married graduate student with plans for a philosophy professorship, he began to make furniture. He was still bumbling along when a generous professional furniture maker in Camden, S.C., (Joe Mazurek) took him into his shop and taught him to cut dovetails, make doors, and hammer veneer. For the last six years, Kenney has been an editor at Fine Woodworking. He lives in Watertown, Connecticut.


Michael Pekovich is the art director for Fine Woodworking magazine. A long-time woodworker, he caught the hand tool bug when he came to the magzine 20 years ago. His taste in furniture is typical of Fine Woodworking readers. Growing up in California, he was inspired by the writings and work of legendary woodworker James Krenov. A visit to the Gamble House in Pasadena cemented his love for Arts and Crafts-style furniture. Today, Mike enjoys working with native hardwoods, keeping his designs simple and the focus on hand-cut joinery.