Shaker Oval Boxes

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Cherry boxes finished with BLO and shellac, Christmas gifts for friends & family.

I started these a few months ago, and in my typical habit, finished them just in time…. Next year will be different I swear!!

Materials from John Wilson.


-- Carl, Iowa

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#1 posted 12-25-2014 05:30 PM

My gosh, those are just beautiful.
They will be appreciated I am sure.

I want to try to make these so much.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-25-2014 09:16 PM

Beautiful! they will be loved! great gifts, can we sign up for next year? Compliments

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 01:24 AM

I’ve been wanting to try this, any tips on what to buy vs. build for these projects?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#4 posted 12-27-2014 12:00 AM

If you have a way to produce very thin stock out of straight grained material, for example .062 to .085 of an inch for the bands of sizes 0-5 boxes, you could make everything yourself (except the copper tacks, perhaps). The tops and bottoms are just .20 to .25 inch thick.
I purchased the forms, dryers, tacks, and materials from John Wilson because I didn’t have a way to make these at the time. And luckily, a friend in the sheet metal industry made a ‘cooking trough” for me.
As soon as I get a band saw, I plan to tackle the larger boxes. The tacks will still come from John, as I don’t envision myself crafting those anytime soon! :)
There are some good videos on youtube and a good article from American Woodworker at

I hope you give it a try!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#5 posted 12-30-2014 11:03 PM

Thanks Carl, I’m going to look into it and give it a go sometime soon. Thanks for the info.

-- Mike, Western New York

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