Shaker Carrier Workshop

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Project by Karson posted 04-15-2011 04:32 AM 2684 views 7 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Mason Dixon Woodworking Club in Delmar DE had a Shaker Workshop this past weekend. We had about a dozen people take the class. We usually hold a class every year. If you go to the web site and click workshops you can see pictures for the same workshop in previous years.

The first year we had John Wilson teach the workshop, Since that time our leader has been Ed Nock Other Lumberjocks who took the workshop was Jack Dalton , and Al Hendershot

When I told my wife that I was taking the workshop she wanted to know why because we had about 4 sets of the Oval Boxes. But, this year we were also making a Shaker Carrier, If we wanted to.

So I went to just make the carrier. Usually the workshop is a 2 day workshop. I wanted to get completed in just one day. So I veneered up a bottom of Waterfall Bubinga on 1/4” Baltic Birch. The piece was 9” x 13”. The box is the size of a #7 Oval box with a carrier handle.

I bent the band and placed it in the drying chamber. I took it out after a couple of hours and sanded the base to fit the oval shape. After I got that fit, I cut the handle length.

I finished up the attachment of the base to the side and the handle to the side, at my shop. We use square toothpicks as wood nails. I did some testing and I found that a #44 drill bit as the pilot hole for the wood nail was the correct size. Driving the nail through that size hole formed it into a circle. A #45 was too too tight and the nail hung up and a #43 left the nail with flat sides.

I finished it with Deft brushing lacquer, that I thinned and sprayed.

My wife was very happy with it.

The owner of the shop that we were using made 4 carriers out of Walnut. They were beautiful. I’m going to resaw some Walnut wood and make me some of them also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#1 posted 04-15-2011 04:45 AM

Karson this is one beautiful piece, I like everything Shaker. Thanks for posting it’s going in the favorite folder…BC

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#2 posted 04-15-2011 04:45 AM

Beautiful job, buddy.


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#3 posted 04-15-2011 05:43 AM

I could just hang the waterfall bubinga on a wall and call it right! ;-)
Beautiful work Karson.

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 06:17 AM

Golly, that looks good!

I don’t think I have seen a piece like that before…


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#5 posted 04-15-2011 06:18 AM

Beautiful, Karson. Well done!


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#6 posted 04-15-2011 06:20 AM

Very nice Karson. What are the dimensions and thickness of the sides? Are there any plans or instructions for it?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 04-15-2011 06:49 AM

OOOO E that’s one nice carrier very nice work Karson . super work. It’s got the wow factor.

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#8 posted 04-15-2011 07:07 AM

Let me get the dimentions.And post them. They are in the shop so I’ll post them tomorrow. I think I’ve also got the address of a PDF file by John Wilson on how to make Shaker Boxes so that I don’t have to re write all of his training.

I’ll be back in 24 hrs or less.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 04-15-2011 07:39 AM

looks sweet Karson, to nice to put anything in!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 04-15-2011 10:00 AM

Very nice! Wish I can make it myself.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#11 posted 04-15-2011 10:34 AM

being just a turner I just love seeing the work some of you other guy do, Karson this I like, it is just a simple carrier but it has a craftsmans touch, love the banding & that base wow, very nice job :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 04-15-2011 11:55 AM

That’s beautiful Karson I’ve never made anything like that is it steam bent & do you use a mould or a former to get the shape & lastly are the fingers of the scarf joint glued? There’s something wholesome about making your own boxes & carriers & buckets don’t you think?

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 04-15-2011 03:04 PM

The Mason-Dixon Woodworker workshops are great. I saw Karson’s glue up of the veneer for his carrier bottom… He just had to do something a little over the top. The finished product really stands out—well done Karson.

Ed Nock (an LJ’er) and Richard with his shop set up really contributed to the success that all of the box makers achieved.

Here is one of John Wilson's web sites that contains the wood sizes and the process.

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

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#14 posted 04-15-2011 03:22 PM

Looks great. Nice carry-all

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 04-15-2011 03:38 PM

Thanks Al for the link to John Wilson’s web site. He has some other articles if you start out at his home page. He also has a link to the different box sizes, My carrier was a #7. But the band width was different from a #7 box. It’s just not as wide.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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