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  • #119421
    Jay
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    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!

    #119433
    Dave Riendeau
    Participant

    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 🙂

    -Canada

    #119434
    Matt Vaughn
    Participant

    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,
    Matt

    http://shakerovalbox.com/finished/aboutfinished.htm

    Minnesota

    #119443
    Craig
    Participant

    Dave,
    Might try this instead of your vege steamer.

    Best,
    Craig

    SW Pennsylvania

    #119448
    Jay
    Participant

    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.

    #119454
    Dave Riendeau
    Participant

    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.

    -Canada

    #119455

    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
    Frankj

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #119516
    Jay
    Participant

    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.

    #119529
    Dave Riendeau
    Participant

    Jay, its really hard to imagine someone with the ability to do that. I have trouble doing 1/4 inch….

    -Canada

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