|Project by Ken Fitzpatrick||posted 09-25-2011 09:55 PM||1821 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I’ve been making shaker boxes for several years now. They are like eating pringles, you can’t just build one.
I usually make them in sets. They nest together and usually come as a set of 4 or 5. I just finished this one with some special maple burl for the top and cherry for the side bands.
For a long time I was making the standard boxes, mostly of cherry in sets. I did throw in some maple bands with cherry lids and then tried some birds eye maple for the tops of the cherry sets. Use to buy all my supplies until I learned how to res-saw to my satisfaction and also veneer. Everything changed after that.
Now I re-saw my bands and veneer my top and bottom stock made of 1/8” mdf. It is very stable and easy to work with. The veneer available seems to be unlimited. It is quite easy to make up blanks to use. When veneering you should always do both sides of your substrate for balance. Because some of the veneer is so rare I have taken to matching the inside of the tops and bottoms with veneer of whatever bands that I am using. If the veneer is really rare or I only have enough for a top, I use the band wood veneer for both sides of the bottom.
Don’t know why, but when building these little rascals it is a peacefull feeling that you get. They are beautiful, useful and desired by everyone who sees that you can build them. Just about everyone I have ever made has been given away except for a special few.
When my best friend passed unexpectedly a few years ago, I was honored when his family asked for some boxes for his ashes. One was placed in the wall at the Veteran’s Cemetary in Agawam, MA, with the other two given with cremains to his wife and son.
As my friend was an avid fisherman and spent most summers at Lake George, NY we gathered a group of family and friends and went to Lake George to distribute those cremains across the middle of the lake. His wife and son now have the boxes as a memorial.
Maybe that’s why I get that peaceful fealing. Thanks for looking.
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