Shakerstyle Keepsake

Shaker craftsmen created marvelous steam-bent oval boxes to store and organize such persona] items as sewing kits, button collections and correspondence. Try your hand at steam-bending when you build our rendition of a Shaker-style box. Bending the ash parts of the box and lid is easier than it looks, thanks to an inexpensive steaming jig you can build yourself.

Vital Statistics: Shaker-style Keepsake Box

Steam Bending Box Images

TYPE: Oval boxwfth lid

OVERALL SIZE: Ud: lVsH by by 1l/al Box: 23/sH by 43/aW by 67AL

MATERIAL: Air-dried asfi

JOINERY: Butt and rabbet joints


■ Ud and box sides are bent from single pieces of ash

■ Fingers on the lid and box sides are glued and finished with decorative brass pins

- Ash parts are made pliable by steaming in a plywood, shop-built steamer jig

1 Sides of lid fit into a rabbet cut around the oval box top

FINISH: Wipe-on Danish oii

Building time

0i> PREPARING STOCK 1-2 hours

LAYOUT * 2-3 hours



ASSEMBLY 2-3 hours


TOTAL: 8-11 hours

Tools you'll use

- Table saw

- Band saw or scroll saw

• Stationary belt sander

- SItop-built steamer jig (See page 202 for construction details)

■ Large cooking pot and heat source (hotplate or stove)

Shopping list

□ (1) 3/4 in. X 4 ft. X & ft. exterior plywood

□ #8 x lV2-in. galvanized deck ©crews l~l (3) 3/s-in.-long brass pins

□ Moi&ture-re&i&tant and regular wood glue

PI Finishing materials

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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