Shaker box jigs and forms

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Project by Woodmaster1 posted 01-04-2018 03:32 AM 1526 views 4 times favorited 6 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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