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Project by dustyal posted 1558 days ago 1512 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mason Dixon Woodworker’s put on a two-day workshop making Shaker Oval Boxes. This is my set of five— a gift for the Mrs. She requested a natural finish on the Cherry, so I finished with concoction of BLO-Varnish-Turpentine.

Set of 5 boxes numbers 0 through 4 following John Wilson's teaching... First time I’ve tried steam bending around a forming mold. Although I had mistakes, I was pleased with the way these turned out for a first effort. We had great guidance and direction from the folks conducting the workshop… I get envious of those who have shops big enough for 10 of us to be working. It was great fun.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...





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Karson

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#1 posted 1558 days ago

Al A great job. We need to get together to make a set of formers

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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skeeter

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#2 posted 1558 days ago

Man they look great. I love shaker everything. Except the living apart from the opposite sex, and the dancing(not much of a dancer) and the work.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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bigike

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#3 posted 1558 days ago

great job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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kenn

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#4 posted 1558 days ago

After all of these years, it says something about the Shakers that we all love so many of their designs. Nice boxes. I know you had fun making them.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Gar

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#5 posted 1558 days ago

You did great first time try. Just keep trying like anything else the more you do the better you do. Boxes sell good to. I haven’t met anyone yet that didn’t like shaker boxes. Take your time and don’t get in a hurry. When I first started I would get to quick to pull out of the steam box. I must have broke a hundred stays. The old saying we will sell no wine before it’s time. Well we will bend no wood before it’s time. And yes the Mrs latch on to the first set before your finished then they want everyone after that. Good show ol’ boy.

-- GAR

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Dean10

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#6 posted 1558 days ago

How did you bend it into the shape? Did you have an outline to begin with? or did you make the bottoms first?

-- "May you live in interesting times"

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michelletwo

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#7 posted 1557 days ago

Aren’t they fun to make? I’ve made hundreds, and I find the process lovely. No power tool noise, just caressing the wood into shape and making it a useful & lovely item. Good first!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Edward E Nock II

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#8 posted 1557 days ago

AL…. Good job. As I said you can use my former & patterns any time.

ED

-- ED NOCK

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dustyal

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#9 posted 1557 days ago

The step by step procedure that we followed is at this John Wilson site Building Shaker Oval Boxes. It takes you through the process step by step. You do need two forms: A “core” to do the bending to shape, and then the two-piece “shape” mold that hold the bend while it dries. You can get to the supply catalog through the John Wilson site and a couple of other places.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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