shaker hat boxes

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Project by Kate posted 01-07-2009 05:30 AM 4433 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I’d play around with Shaker boxes a while ago. A customer saw them and wanted a hat box. Of course I can never make just one, so I made a couple. I had some trouble with the tops warping, so went back and remade the tops using either veneer of quartersawn wood. That solved that problem. Now my question is what to do with them.

They are fun to make, but not much call for hat boxes these days. I was thinking of adding dividers to make a sewing box or something like that.

Any other ideas for uses?

Thanks for looking.

-- Kate,

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#1 posted 01-07-2009 05:48 AM

Love the Shaker Boxes Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-07-2009 06:06 AM

Very nice boxes

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 01-07-2009 07:54 AM

I remember seeing them while on vacation in New England and always marveled at how nice they looked, simple for sure , but some how refined and almost elegant,must be those copper nails. would be interested in hearing more about how you actually made them.

-- Chips and Shavings/ see you at

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#4 posted 01-07-2009 01:54 PM

Great boxes.
I know they are harder to make than one would think.
You did a nice job.
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#5 posted 01-07-2009 02:51 PM

Are they big enough for cowboy hats? If they will take a hat with a 4 inch brim, advertise in Western Horseman Magazine. They sure look great.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-07-2009 03:23 PM

Really really nice. I think they look great just sitting there.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-07-2009 04:21 PM

I’ve always eye’d these in the Lee Valley kit form. Great job! Somehow I have missed your presence on LJs over your 448 days as a jock – so a bit late -Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-07-2009 04:35 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Thos. I love the idea of them for cowboy hats! I’ll have to check into that.

Dave (or anyone else for that matter): I have a section on my website about making standard sized Shaker boxes. ( The hat boxes are similar but more awkward because of the size, but it’ll give you the idea. Maybe I’ll have to add a section about larger boxes.

Thanks for the welcome Douglas. The reason you haven’t seen me was because I just got active recently. This is fun. What a great community.

-- Kate,

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#9 posted 02-19-2009 04:57 AM

I would love to make some boxes like that. I am a civil war reenactor and could use some hat boxes to transport my hats from event to event. If you have any left I know that they would bring a good price in the world of reenacting

-- leland, Adel Georgia

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#10 posted 02-19-2009 05:05 AM

That’s a great idea.

You should try making one, its a lot of fun. The hard part is getting everything clamped around a form without splitting.

-- Kate,

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#11 posted 11-27-2015 02:50 PM

Beautiful hat box, Kate. Found this through a search. I really appreciate the ‘How to’ link! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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