Shaker Oval box

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Project by Kaelin Quigley posted 04-25-2019 04:51 AM 588 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Found some old templates and molds and made two to start with. These are not only super cool but are super easy to make despite the amount of effort it took to finally get around to making them. These first two don’t have tops and they’re definitely far from perfect but I now know how I can fix those problems in the several more I plan on making.

-- Kaelin, Juneau Alaska

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#1 posted 04-25-2019 12:18 PM

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#2 posted 04-25-2019 12:30 PM

I don’t know which is better looking the boxes or the background. Well done.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 04-25-2019 03:20 PM

I have always wanted to make those. Nice job!

-- Petey

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#4 posted 04-25-2019 09:57 PM

Looks like you live in paradise.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#5 posted 04-25-2019 10:17 PM

Beautiful boxes.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 04-26-2019 02:33 AM

Very nice. If you want to stretch your skill set a bit take a look at Jim Anderson’s web site.
I made about 30 of them for a daughter’s wedding.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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#7 posted 04-26-2019 04:43 AM

Those look really great. Those oval boxes are something I want to tackle one of these days.

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#8 posted 04-26-2019 09:50 AM

To anyone wanting to get started making Shaker oval boxes I suggest John Wilson at the Home Shop He can teach, via classes, books, and even online offers enough resources a person without need for someone standing there could easily start turning out some boxes. He sells the tacks, through to the forms, and about everything else you need to make them.

The craft is also a great woodworking learning tool. You will be cutting and sanding to fit. Bending wood, after steam, or water bath. Depending on how far you get into it, you might start resawing boards to make bands, for both the body, and lids. Then of course you will be assembling your boxes. Good overall stuff, that can/will help with a number of other projects.

John himself evidently carries quite a premium for his travel, either that or others get a pretty penny for bringing him in for you. If you go to him at the Home Shop a 2 day basic class for $135.00 with 90 for him, 45 materials. IIRC you get enough for a 5 box stack, on the smaller sizes, which actually are the harder ones to do. At least for my big hands. If you would go to the same class at any of the places who bring him in, average price is around $1,000.00 plus lodging, and travel. So if you want the classes, it’s a deal to go see John. I can’t say Charlotte Michigan is a metropolis, but we ate a few good meals there, when my Wife and I went up to see him a few years ago.

Also these are great projects if you like to get done. I imagine average time per box can be as quick as a weekend, or take as long as you want. The actual work is only around 3 hours per box, and that would be for a Noob. Most of the time is waiting for the bands to dry after getting them wet. They need to sit on a form for overnight to a day. Forms are easy to make, and you could make them from glued up sections of BORG lumber for the bodies, and a 2x or less for many of the lids.

Versus making cabinets, and case pieces, a person could get started with a low dollar investment for tools. Most of which you could make looking at images on John’s site.

-- Think safe, be safe

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