I make my Shaker boxes one at a time in my one man workshop. They are patterned after those at the Shaker community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine.
These boxes are made of select cherry which I saw into thin sheets that are dimensioned into thickness, length, and width. Then I cut and bevel the graceful swallowtails. These blanks are then steamed, shaped around molds, and secured by copper tacks. The tops and bottoms are fastened only by wood pegs. I then complete them with several hand rubbed finishes.
Shaker boxes have become symbolic with Shaker life and work. They were used for kitchen dry goods, sewing notions, and even shop supplies. Today they are versatile in any décor with unlimited uses.