Shaker box jigs and forms

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Project by Woodmaster1 posted 01-04-2018 03:32 AM 2194 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the forms and shapers I made from poplar. The tray is copper and the drilling jig I bought from the homeshop. The anvil I made from 1 1/2” x 12” galvanized pipe. The drill press jig I used but I like the other jig better because it is easier to maintain the height of the drill bit. I save around $140 by making my forms, shapers and anvil.

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#1 posted 01-04-2018 04:22 AM

Nice work, making your own fixtures, forms, and shapers is always so.gratifying, especially when you get to produce something as nice as those boxes

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#2 posted 01-04-2018 12:27 PM

Interesting to see the tools you used to make the shaker boxes. Please consider writing a blog about how you use them and make the boxes.

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#3 posted 01-04-2018 03:35 PM

You did a nice job on setting up for these Shaker boxes.

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#4 posted 01-04-2018 06:50 PM

Thanks for the information. I was curious about the drilling jig. To do it on the drill press seem like it would be more awkward, unless you made a jig for each size box so you would have something to cradle the box in while drilling.

I assume you purchased the copper tray. That is my hold up, pretty expensive. Maybe if I find I really enjoy making these I could step up to the bigger copper tray someday. Start with a smaller galvanized one. Or talk my retired sheet metal worker brother into making me one…

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#5 posted 01-04-2018 07:04 PM

I am having a friend that is a retired sheet metal worker make me the bigger tray out of stainless steel. The drill press jig not too awkward it just moves a little when I put a lot of pressure when drilling for the toothpicks.

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#6 posted 01-05-2018 01:59 PM

You can use a piece of galvanized gutter and end caps to make a serviceable water tray. Cap the ends and make a holder for each end of the gutter so that it doesn’t rock on the hot plate and you’re all set. I just used a couple of pieces of wood laid on top of the gutter to hold in the heat somewhat. Worked fine to make 8 sets of #1-#5 boxes a few Christmases ago.

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#7 posted 07-29-2018 01:18 PM

Is there any reason that a steam box couldn’t be used to heat the wood for bending ? And…will kiln dried oak that has been re-sawn and milled to 1/16 inch take the bend ? Virtually everything that I’ve read says that it won’t. However, they were all talking about pieces that were much thicker. Just wondering if the thin stuff would be any different.

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#8 posted 07-29-2018 07:54 PM

I have used kiln dried quartersawn red oak, solar kiln dried maple, white oak, cherry and poplar without any problems. The thickness of the band are . 09-.075”. I resaw to an 1/8” and use a drum sander to get the final thickness.

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#9 posted 07-31-2018 06:26 PM

Thanks for your reply…I just finished building my steam box and will be trying it out on my roughly 1/16×3 x 28” piece of red oak. Unfortunately it is not quatersawn. Fingers crossed that it will work. After searching around I was able to find a guy in my general area who is in the business of hauling his portable sawmill around and mills various types of hardwoods. He said that sometime this week he will be returning with his portable sawmill to slab some cherry that he recently felled and will contact me when he gets it back to his shop…we’ll see what happens.

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