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Project by Conrad posted 373 days ago 577 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I suppose this would be my first solo project, I made these my freshman year of highschool (2003) in woodshop. I still have no idea what sort of burl is on the largest box, the teacher had a friend that managed to get ahold of some really really good looking pieces of veneer for us to put on our boxes and that one was one of them.

I gave these to my mother and she has kept them safe and sound over the years. I know people on here would enjoy them so I decided to get some pictures for you guys.

The lid and bottom were traced via pattern, sanded to form and sealed with 3 coats of poly with progressively higher grit sandpaper and steel wool. The body of the box was boiled and bent over a jig until it held form and was tacked in place with copper nails.

If anyone can identify the type of wood used I’d appreciate it greatly, as silly as it sounds I’m not entirely sure what I used…





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aussiedave

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#1 posted 373 days ago

They are so cool shaker boxes, have always admired how they are made…great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 373 days ago

The boxes appear to be Cherry. Not sure about the fancy veneer though.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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woodcut

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#3 posted 372 days ago

Shaker oval boxes are on my bucket list…. and you did these in high school?? well done! My guess is the veneer is a walnut burl, but I’m no expert…. Still, well done !!!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#4 posted 370 days ago

They’re beautiful especially the top with the burl. You got great skills and talent. Thanks for sharing.

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Parsimonia

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#5 posted 293 days ago

Are the sides tapered, or are the sides straight? I’d like to try this. Nice work!

-- More Ideas than Time.

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Conrad

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#6 posted 293 days ago

The sides are straight, the end without the fingers is tapered down as thin as you can make it to provide a smooth transition.

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