Shaker Oval Box from John Wilson class

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 05-26-2014 02:11 PM 1821 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a member of the Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild and our last meeting was a class on making traditional Shaker oval boxes. The class was taught by John Wilson, a woodworker famous for his dedication to keeping the Shaker oval box alive and well through the training of craftsman and the providing of traditional materials. He can be found at

The class was great. Everything clear and well-organized.

The wood is cherry. I need to do a bit more sanding and then I’ll decide if I want a finish.

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#1 posted 05-26-2014 02:45 PM

You did a fine job on these.

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 03:45 PM

You did a fine job with these, and you are right John is a fine teacher I have been having him here in Syracuse New York area every year… for next March will be 20 years

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#3 posted 05-26-2014 04:27 PM

Great work! I did not know that cherry lends itself to bending

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#4 posted 05-26-2014 06:55 PM

That is really cool. Great job

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#5 posted 05-27-2014 02:51 AM

Great looking box, Russ!!

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#6 posted 05-27-2014 03:52 PM

John Wilson must be a great teacher and person. I attended a demonstration of making a Shaker Oval box and the person mentioned John Wilson so often that at the half way point the whole crowd would know when to respond “John Wilson” in unison. Part of the story I remember is that he bought the last commercial machine that makes the tacks.


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