Walnut and cherry shaker oval boxes

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Project by John Daugherty posted 09-06-2010 11:00 PM 2108 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a couple shots of a few finished shaker boxes. These are the first that I have ever made. The first one is of the walnut with a bookmatched curly maple top and bottom. The finish is lacquer. The second is the walnut with the two cherry boxes. The tops and bottoms are qs sycamore. The finish is oil. I’ll add a few more coats to the cherry.

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 12:57 AM

Very nice! Did you follow plans? If you did, which one?

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 01:00 AM

Agree, very beautiful boxes.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 01:42 AM

Very beautiful boxes! Great work.
Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 01:53 AM

I think that those boxes are super nice – especially, however, since they were your first. John, I think that you have done a great job on those.

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#5 posted 09-07-2010 12:56 PM

nice job for firsts. I find them fun even tho I have made 100’s. I like the quiet work on these..few machines..slower pace. Good job (just a nitpick: the shakers would never have 2 pieces join in the middle of their lids. Always one piece lids)

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 02:51 PM

Very well done. Love making these myself. The different wood combinations are endless. What got you interested in these? Do you build any other Shaker projects? Keep at it they make beautiful gifts. Thanks for showing us such beautiful work.


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#7 posted 09-22-2010 08:05 AM

Ken, I have been wanting to make some of these for several years now. I finally decided it was time. I’ve made a few shaker style end tables and wall clocks.

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 08:02 PM

Sorry I’m late in responding. We were in Canada on a cruise.

Was able to purchase a jewelry box made by Brent Rourke as we were in New Brunswick where he lives. Beautiful work and very inspiring. Have made a couple Shaker tables ane one clock myself. Love their sstyle. Been to a couple of Shaker sites and you get wrapped up you don’t want to leave. One near me in Stockbridge, MA

Also some north of me in both VT and New Hampshire. My goal is to go to Charlotte, MiI and take a class with John Wilson. Took one here locally and the gentlemen teaching was tremendous instructor. Hope you get as much enjoyment from it as I do


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#9 posted 10-23-2010 03:04 AM

I have had John Wilson’s class, and it is time well spent. He knows Shaker boxes.Nice work on the different woods.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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