From a simple six-board chest to intricate chip-carved trinket caskets.
Here we can see two different styles of Shaker boxes – the oval bentwood boxes and the rectangular boxes with bent handles.
six board chest
This simple six board chest was completed using reproduction nails.
This trinket casket features heavily carved sides and top. SketchUp was used to create templates for the carving.
The San Francisco International Airport has a museum with continuous exhibitions. As we traveled through the airport in 2015, we viewed the Japanese Mingei traditional arts exhibition and saw this red lacquered rectangular box. From a picture on the SFO Museum website, I created a duplicate design in SketchUp, guessing at the specific dimensions. The construction includes corner box joints with bamboo pegs and a removable lid.
Williamsburg Knife Box and Knife Tray
There are two different pieces here, one is a Knife Tray and the other, Knife Box. The Knife Tray is a reproduction of the original in the Peyton Randolf House in Colonial Williamsburg. The Knife Box is a piece that was presented at a Williamsburg Conference, Working Wood in the 18th Century.
The Knife Box is slightly larger and splays in two directions. The dovetail joints in this box are more difficult as a result of the compound angle.
Orinda Chip and Laptop Boxes
These boxes have endless applications. I use them for transporting tools, books, and AV equipment to-and-from school. The design includes hand-cut dovetails in the corners. This design is used often at school in training students on making dovetail joints. My daughter uses these in many ways including transporting plants and pots. The grandchildren store toys and games.