Furniture in shaker style is a favorite because of its classic look and functionality. For woodworkers, another important characteristic of this style is its simplicity and as such, it is perfect for those just starting the hobby. We prefer using oak for our shaker projects, because it looks natural and is great wood to work on. The challenge with these projects is finding wood pieces that are wide enough, while maintaining the straightness. For this look, varnish is the only finish you need, and we recommend applying two layers.
- This modified Shaker design features 3?4“ stock and shortened shelves that won’t bend under the weight of objects.
- Cutting is done with a miter saw, with assistance from a jigsaw for the arched top and cutout bottom.
- After assembly, the finished piece will be 38″ tall, 28″ wide, and have three shelves.
“One of the biggest challenges you’ll have with this project is finding wide boards that are straight and flat … and that remain straight and flat after you cut them to size.”