very Large Shaker boxes???

• posted on January 25, 2004, 6:49 am
Hi any shaker box makers here... I was looking at this site http://www.shakerovalbox.com / He has very good info and what I was looking at is the #20 box.. This looks like a challenge!! It takes a piece of wood for the band of the box 14.5 inches wide and 114 inches long. hmmm? Would have to have a large enough trough to boil the band in? Any ideas how this could be taken on?
Chris Pine
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• posted on January 25, 2004, 11:40 am
Y'think anything with that thickness/radius ratio needs steaming?

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• posted on January 25, 2004, 8:18 pm
Well the principles are the same are they not? The ratio of width and length and thickness are the same whether it is a #0 or a number 20 box? I am not stating I am asking? These are not rocket science ratios by any means but basically they should apply across the board I would think. So yes I think you would need to boil or steam the wood!
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• posted on January 25, 2004, 9:29 pm
The guiding principle here is that wood of thinner section will bend around a tighter _radius_ curve without help. The larger box has a larger radius, therefore, no help should be needed if you're still talking 3/16 stock.
I've seen this guy, I think, or perhaps someone else with a similar beard, work, and he uses the luthier's trick of soaking and bending around a hot piece of pipe, though, once again, if you take a thinner piece of wood, it'll bend much tighter without breaking.

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• posted on January 25, 2004, 1:11 pm
I built a bunch of #4s for christmas presents. Fun projects.
Montyhp

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• posted on January 25, 2004, 8:16 pm
Now theres an idea!!! Of course if it is walnut that we use might darken the water a little! LOL.
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• posted on January 25, 2004, 8:08 pm
it is my understanding that Shakers didn't use heated water, just soaked them in room temp water.
BRuce
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