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    Another shaker carrier

    So my friend and co-worker hit the double nickel. I made her this carrier for a birthday gift. It's cherry, resawed to 1/4 inch, and bookmatched all around, so the grain runs continuously. The handle is ash, steam bent to the curve. Finish is shellac and wax.
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    I'm sure she will be pleased Ken! That is a very nice carrier. The dovetails look to be perfectly done. I like the continuous grain. Excellent work!
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    Thats really nice ken but how do you get the four corners to match i can see how to get 3 no problem but the forth???unless you have just put the single color area in the last corner and make the two tone areas be in the middle. by steam bending the ash it will retain its shape better than just bending it without steam.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    ... how do you get the four corners to match i can see how to get 3 no problem but the forth??

    by steam bending the ash it will retain its shape better than just bending it without steam.?

    picture my diagram as a board that is resawn. The faces in the middle will have continuous grain, if you take the inside faces and put them on the outside.
    It'll bend easier, with no stress, and will hold its form very well.
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    That's a beautiful piece and a really ingenious layout plan!

    How is the ash handle attached - are those wood pins?

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    Thanks Mark. The handle has a good amount of face grain glued to the inside of the box, the handle is held by glue and pins. The pins are 1/8" cherry that I made by hammering them thru a shop made [cheap] dowel plate.

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    That's very nicely done. Ken. Out of curiosity, what are/were these traditionally used for in the Shaker communities?

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    Thanks Vaughn. I found this design 10-15 years ago in IIRC woodworker's journal. I don't know if it's authentic Shaker or just something to look like it is. I'll have to look thru some of my Shaker books to see if there is a similar carrier. So I can't answer your question.
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    Very Nice !

    Great piece of work Ken. I really like the Shaker style. Excellent handle.

    I took a Shaker oval box workshop last weekend with John Wilson. Lots of fun. I'll have to post the pics of the 5 boxes I made.
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    Wonderful piece.
    I will never get tired of pieces with such simplicity
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