Shaker Oval Wooden Box No 4 – Maple
My shaker oval wooden box is a reproduction of the original design, handcrafted by myself in the UK, made famous by the Shaker community during the mid 19th century. Boxes range from size 0 through 5, having thin slender sides, symmetrical joints and neat tight-fitting lids. The sides are held tightly together using copper tacks; the lids and bottoms are held in place using wooden pegs, forming a very strong and decorative box. For more information on the shaker oval wooden box please read my blog post.
The pictured Shaker oval box is representative of the one you will receive. All my boxes are bespoke and there will always be slight variations in grain and colour.
How I Make The Shaker Oval wooden box
My shaker oval boxes are made from solid Maple wood in the UK, (following the traditional methods of making used by the shaker community who make them famous).
The wood is cut to size and the fingers joints are shaped. The finger joints are individually cut by hand using a knife blade, creating a crisp and unique shape. The finger joints vary slightly from box to box, and even between fingers joints. Providing the character and charm lacking in mass-produced boxes.
The wooden bands that will form the walls are bathed in hot water until they are pliable enough to bend. Once bent, they are tacked with copper tacks produced on century-old machinery. Then, after hours of drying, they are individually fitted with lids and bases that are pegged in place with tiny wooden dowels. A surface finish is then applied.
The box is then finished with oil and wax inside and out then hand buffed. Giving a highly lustrous and hardwearing finish, as well as helping to cover marks and scratches enhancing the natural beauty of the wood.
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