Our oval boxes are made on reproductions of the forms and templates used at many Shaker communities during the mid-19th century. Like the Shakers, we produce our oval boxes in nine different sizes and like the original Shaker numbering system (No. 00 being the smallest box and No. 7 being the largest box) we use a graduated numbering system.
We, like the Shakers, handcraft our oval boxes of select northern hard maple with clear pine tops and bottoms, secured by solid copper tacks. The Shakers used copper tacks because they won't rust or discolor the wood. Tops and bottoms are fastened with wooden pegs. Handled carriers have ash wood handles also secured, as were the originals, by solid copper tacks.
Our unfinished boxes look great either oiled or painted. Oiled boxes are treated with teak oil, which adds to the durability of the hard maple. The oiled boxes you see above are shown in front of a reproduction of a Shaker wood box in the Andrews Collection - save that it's done in cedar given that it sits on the exterior porch of our shop.
Painted boxes are finished with milk paint, a common finish in the early 19th century.
Dimensions: $18 for a single #00 box to $275 for a set of nine