|Project by hickeymad||posted 01-17-2013 12:28 AM||1587 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
A nest of oval shaker boxes of cherry with quartersawn cherry and walnut bottoms and spalted alder tops. These were really fun to make- all the work was in the prep. I made forms and shapers out of ply and basswood, and resawed and thicknessed the quartersawn cherry bands with my new bandsaw (sweet!). I built a steam box of birch ply and kreg pocket screws and used a wallpaper steamer for the source. Works pretty well, though it would be undersized if my box was much larger. The plans and tacks were from the most gracious John Wilson at http://www.shakerovalbox.com
I highly recommend talking to them and purchasing any of their products, as they are one of the few honest companies left out there. Anyway, I made these to get started with steam bending (I’ve so many ideas that require this skill so I have to start somewhere!). They are destined for a wedding gift for two friends of mine – never mind that they are 6 months late (Officially, my wife tells me, I have up to a year…). I think they will really like them. I have some reservations about use of the spalted alder for the tops as it is not quartersawn, and may swell and break the bands, and it is quite fragile (being rotten wood after all…). Still, I think they will be OK if treated with a bit of care. Finished with oil and dark wax. I’ll be making a ton more of these I can tell…
Things I’d like to get better at with these are;
1) don’t dent the cherry when installing the tacks
2) line up the fingers on the top band and the box bands
3) line up the tacks more evenly
4) bring my build time down to 2 hrs/box. Including all resawing and band sizing
5) build bigger sizes – through size 10 at least.
Oh, and I finally figure out how to resize my photos so uploading is easier. On a Mac with iphoto it is a bit cumbersome still though.