Shaker Table

Marc Spagnuolo

The Shaker Table defines beauty and simplicity. This classic design will help you hone your skills in numerous areas. In this series, I'll show two versions of the table build: one primarily focused on power tools and a second primarily focused on alternative and hand tool methods.

The table measures 27"H x 18 1/4"W x 18 1/4"D

  • 9 lessons
  • 292 min
  • $49.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Shaker Table Project Summary

    The Shaker Table Journey starts here!

  2. The Legs

    The Shaker story and the construction of the tapered legs.

  3. Tapering Jig

    A quick and easy tapering jig that rides in the miter slot of your tablesaw.

  4. The Aprons

    Two ways to make and fine-tune the fit of the apron tenons and a dry fit.

  5. Assembly

    Recorded live, this video covers the assembly of the legs and aprons.

  6. The Drawer

    Drawers, drawer guides, multiple forms of joinery, numerous tools, and a bunch of techniques required to get that perfect-fitting drawer.

  7. Drawer Q&A (Live)

    Live Shaker Table Q&A.

  8. The Top & Loose Ends

    Finalizing the top by creating the bevel and installation of our drawer guides.

  9. The Finish

    In this final part of the series, I cover the topic of finishing my Shaker End Tables.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a Cut List and a SketchUp file.
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Tapered Legs (by tapering jig and using hand planes)
  • Mortise & tenon joints
  • Hand-cut half-blind dovetails
  • Drawer construction and fitting
  • Dados and grooves with hand tools and power tools
  • Drawer guide construction and installation
  • Creating beveled edges with hand tools and power tools
  • Finishing with an oil/varnish blend
  • Avoiding blotching in cherry

 What You’ll Need:

  • Jointer, Planer, Tablesaw, Bandsaw
  • Miter Saw, Drill, Router, Router Table


The first Guild project that I built and only my 2nd piece of furniture! I came to woodworking at 55, so this is all a huge learning adventure. The project was fantastic…I learned wood selection, mortise and tenon, undercutting a top, general assembly…wow! So much goodness in one place. I messed up with undercutting the top…so badly that it became the top for a smaller shaker plant stand without a drawer. Of course, it needed a mate, so I did those based off a scaled down version of this plan before making another top for the table. So much learned…thank you for the fantastic courses and detailed instruction!

Charles Johnstone
Guild Member

Great project for beginners

This is a great project for beginners or those looking to build their first piece of furniture. The instruction was great and I really enjoyed building my shaker table. Thanks Marc!

Guild Member


The Shaker style has always fascinated me. It is a mixture of elegance and usefulness. Marc does a wonderful job of explaining each and every step, as well as showing a great way to build your own leg tapering jig in just a few minutes. The attention to detail that Marc provides is outstanding, all the way down to matching up the grain lines on the legs so the faces match. I would have never thought of that! Every video in this series gives you exactly what you need to build this table, and the explanation is enough to allow you to build with confidence. I would buy this project again without question!!!

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.