Shaker Box Dimensions


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This is a table of Shaker Box dimensions. It is posted here with the author's permission. It is a copyright of John Wilson of

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He teaches a weekend course on Shaker boxmaking and sells boxmaking supplies. He's a great teacher. Not only is he good at explaining how to do things, he's good at showing how to fix mistakes.

I have proofread this table, but any errors in it are almost certainly mine and not John Wilson's. This is the revised version.

Note: This table is much easier to read if your browser window is wide enough to get all the dimensions for a row on a single line. Do you know how to force this behavior in a table? Let me know.


Shaker Oval Boxes (all dimensions are in inches)
Box Size Tack Size
* & **
Band
Thickness Width Length
Top Band Width Length Elipse
Width Length
Circumference
***
Top & Bottom Thickness Number of Fingers - Length Peg Pilot Hole Drill Size
0001.060x9/16x6 5/85/16x7 1/41x2 Use tight wrap around core for circumference mark on the smaller boxes. Larger ones with thick bands are difficult to do this with. .1502 - 1glue - no pegs
001.060x13/16x8 3/43/8x9 1/21 3/8x2 5/8 .1502 - 1 1/4glue - no pegs
01 or 1 1/2.062x1 1/16x11 7/87/16x12 1/41 7/8x3 1/2 .1952 - 1 5/81/16
11 or 1 1/2.062x1 1/2x151/2x15 1/22 9/16x4 9/16 .2102 - 1 3/41/16
21 1/2.067x2x195/8x19 3/43 1/2x5 3/4 1/42 - 1 7/85/64
31 1/2.072x2 1/2x2311/16 x 244 1/2x7 1/42 or 3 - 2 1/165/64
42.077x3 1/16x273/4 x 285 1/2x8 1/4 1/43 - 2 1/45/64
52.083x3 11/16x3115/16 x 326 1/2x9 1/2 9/323 - 2 7/165/64
62 or 2 1/4.90x4 3/8x361 1/16 x 377 5/8x11 30 1/45/164 - 2 5/85/64
72 or 2 1/4.10x5 1/16x40 1/21 1/8 x 428 3/4x12 1/2 34 3/45/164 - 2 13/165/64
82 1/2.125x5 3/4x451 3/16 x 46 1/29 7/8x14 1/4 39 1/45/164 - 35/64
John Wilson's original table goes up to size 16 boxes.

* A factor of the actual size of the band thickness you select. The #1 tack = 3/16, #1 1/2 = 7/32, #2 = 1/4, #2 1/4 = 9/32, #2 1/2 = 5/16, and #3 = 11/32.

** Use 3/64 pilot hole for #1, #1 1/2, and #2 copper tacks and 1/16 for #2 1/2 and #3.

*** Actual band length from the tack line to tacked location on lap end. Mark this length on band before wetting as an aid in accurate sizing of oval.. Elipse circumference ( pi ((A+B) / 2)K, where K = 1 for an elipse of this proportion) is smaller by 1 5/8 for the sizes above #8
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