Shaker Boxes 101

These make great gifts!

Dates:March 14-15, 2020 – cancelled
Time:1pm-4:00pm (3hrs), each day

Click on Course Code (above) to enroll

Course Fee: $140 plus $35 for materials

Instructor: Jim Anderson

Class Description: Shaker communities were the source many well designed, functional objects beginning in the early years of the 19th Century. One object that was made in large numbers were oval shaped wooden boxes. These came in a series of sizes that allowed one box to nest within a larger box, when empty. Each box is made by bending a wooden slat around a form and using copper tacks as fasteners. Bending requires heating the wood to over 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Traditionally this was done in a trough of water or in a steam box. After the slat is bent and fastened it is allowed to dry out for a day, then top and bottom boards are cut to fit and fastened with wooden pegs.

Traditionally the outside of the boxes were finished with oil or milk paint. Some finishing options will be demonstrated, but you should expect to finish your boxes after the class is finished.

For this 2-day class you will use a kit from John Wilson’s Home Shop. John has been preparing materials for shaker boxes for over 30 years. The kit contains all of the wood milled to the dimensions required for boxes #1, #2, and #3.

You will purchase the kit from the instructor at the beginning of the first day. Our shop will have all of the tools that you need to assemble the boxes.

Skill Development:

  • Shop Safety
  • Using shaker forms
  • Thicknessing Sides
  • Bending hot wood sides
  • Using Shaker Box Cores
  • Lid and Base assembly

Class Size: 3 – 8 students

Online Enrollment : Just click on the Course Code (above) of the session in which you wish to enroll; our standard class Policies apply. For sessions without a Course Code link (i.e. works-in-progress), please send email to and include the Course Code (or date and time) of the class that you wish to take. We will make sure that you are enrolled in the class!

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