Participants will construct a Shaker oval box (size #2, 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ high) using commercial 1/16″ veneer in cherry, walnut or anigre. Top ] and bottom materials will vary. Materials and specialized equipment will be provided. The class will extend over two sessions because of the need for the steam bent sides to dry. It is expected that some work at home will be required to fit the top and bottom, and to finish the box.
There will be a presentation with handouts that will cover the construction process, material selection, construction of the forms and steam box, and other projects that make use of the techniques used in the workshop.
After some clean up of the pre-cut sides, participants will steam bend, tack and dry the sides. Boxes must then dry on the forms. In the second session, bottoms will be individually fit, pinned, and glued. The band for the top will then be steam bent, and formed around the bottoms for a tight fit. The top can be fitted at home using the same techniques, and the participant can choose and apply a finish.
Bring these tools if you have them:
- Exacto knife with standard blade, fine carving knife, or utility knife
- Tack hammer or other small hammer
- Fine needle-nose pliers
- Wire cutters (can be part of needle nose plier)
- Sand paper, #80 grit to #220 grit with sanding block
- Manual or power hand drill with 1/16″ bit
There will be a material fee of $35. The forms can be borrowed for the duration of the class, or purchased for $35.