Oval boxes continue to be the most popular product the Shakers ever offered to the outside world. John Wilson teaches novice and experienced woodworkers how to make them in a day and a half, after he supplies prepared materials. Here, he explains how to prepare the stock and make your own patterns and forms. He tells how to handle checked veneer or split bands, and how to make your own cores, around which to bend the bands. He explains how to shape the fingers, bend the bands, and fit the tops and bottoms. Wilson’s boxes are finished with clear lacquer. A parts list and dimensions for five popular box sizes accompany a project plan.

From Fine Woodworking #102