- 13 October 2014 at 1:22 am #119421
For the round Shaker boxes that look like a hat box, what is the best method to prep the wood thin enough to bend into a circle? What is the traditional method?
Thanks!13 October 2014 at 12:20 pm #119433
Jay, I think these little boxes were made by steaming the thinly sliced wood then bent to shape using a mold. A bandsaw would come in handy for cutting the wood. I was actually looking at the kits lee valley sells the other day and was trying to come up with a plan on how to steam bend these. My vegetable steamer may see an alternate use in the coming weeks 🙂
-Canada13 October 2014 at 1:06 pm #119434Matt VaughnParticipant
John Wilson in Michigan has a lot of info on all things Shaker Boxes. I really want to take a class at his shop someday.
Here is a link to some of his articles.
Hope this helps,
Minnesota13 October 2014 at 7:56 pm #119443CraigParticipant
Might try this instead of your vege steamer.
SW Pennsylvania13 October 2014 at 8:16 pm #119448
Thanks for the replies.
Dave, I think these boxes would actually be great practice for bending. I need to figure out how to prep the wood though. I don’t use a bandsaw, but I do have a frame saw. I think the cuts would be difficult… probably take some practice.
Matt, thanks for the links. Lots of good stuff in there if you are using table/band saws. I’m interested in how this was done traditionally as well.
Thanks again.14 October 2014 at 1:38 am #119454
Jay, I’m sure they used some sort of slicer/mechanical saw to cut the veneer for these boxes. If they sawed them by hand then they were truly masters.
-Canada14 October 2014 at 3:11 am #119455Frank JosephMember
Take a look at Tom Fidgen,s unplugged woodshop Blog he saws to 1/8 to make vin. He has the kerfing plane and a frame saw. He has youto bit’s on them
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.14 October 2014 at 7:39 pm #119516
Thanks, Frank… I just picked up a frame saw and started practicing with it, which is what got me interested in this topic originally. I’ll look for those Tom Fidgen videos.
Dave… I think the Shakers were making these boxes around 1800, so I guess they were probably using frame saws and planes… it does seem really amazing at the skill involved in something that looks so simple.15 October 2014 at 2:38 am #119529
Jay, its really hard to imagine someone with the ability to do that. I have trouble doing 1/4 inch….
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