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For those familiar with Shaker box sizes from John Wilson, this is a size #17 box. I spent a week with John in Charlotte, MI in April. Bending this box is definitely a two man job. We bent three of these beauties. The box measures 32” x 24” x 12”. The band is curly cherry; top is curly cherry veneer on Baltic birch ply (3/8”) substrate; bottom is curly maple on Baltic birch ply (3/8”). Finish is satin wipe on poly (MinWax) on a base of gloss poly.

(Coffee cup is NOT a miniture!)

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 07-14-2011 05:58 PM

Massive! How are y’all using those brass/copper pins?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-14-2011 06:06 PM

A very large beautiful box. I love the wood.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 07-14-2011 06:07 PM

They are copper clinch nails. All sizes needed for Shaker boxes available from (John Wilson and Eric Pintaur).

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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#4 posted 07-14-2011 06:09 PM

Big box! Great results!

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#5 posted 07-14-2011 07:24 PM

Wow. You’re right about that. That’s a box!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 07-14-2011 07:31 PM

They are copper clinch nails (tacks). They are driven with a hammer against an anvil. The tip of the tack rolls over and clinches against the wood preventing pull-out.

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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#7 posted 07-14-2011 07:35 PM

Is that a Shaker coffin, or what? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 07-14-2011 08:10 PM

I’ve made these for years, but never this big. Golly that must have needed real muscle & control to bend. gorgeous wood, and a lovely box..the shaker coffin comment above, made me laugh!

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#9 posted 07-14-2011 09:34 PM

It actually bent fairly easily. It does take two people to bend it; not for strength but because the size is awkward. We made a short video of one of the bends.

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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#10 posted 07-14-2011 10:09 PM

Cooooool !!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 07-15-2011 12:22 AM

Wonderful! You could make a Coffee Table that way! ;-) Really wonderful.


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#12 posted 07-15-2011 01:30 AM

Fantastic! I took the class from John at Pleasant Hill Kentucky some time ago and have made a lot of the smaller boxes since then. The big boxes are definitely on the to do list.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#13 posted 07-17-2011 03:05 AM

Phil, that is just too cool! I would ask how your doin, but it looks like your doin really good! love it!

-- Jeff

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#14 posted 07-17-2011 04:03 AM

Doing well Jeff. Drop me a line and catch me up on your doins. How’s the new house? (I guess old by now).

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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#15 posted 10-23-2013 11:36 PM

Would love to see the video !!

-- Carl, Iowa

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