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Treasure Chests: The Legacy of Extraordinary Boxes Hardcover – 25 Apr 2002

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press Inc (25 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561583626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561583621
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 961,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully photographed with lots of background information, this book is itself a treasure."

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ANCESTOR OF THE SAFE, PRECURSOR of the closet, the chest is perhaps the most universal and enduring form of furniture. Read the first page
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andy Dingley on 5 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book tries to do two things simultaneously, and manages both.
First of all, it's a glorious coffee table book. Lots of high quality illustrations of beatiful and inspirational work. If you appreciate fine cabinetry, you'll love looking at these.
Secondly, it's clearly trying to inspire other makers too. It's not a "how to" book, and you need to be pretty skilful to start emulating the quality of the work in here, but it's also full of new and exciting ideas to motivate your own designs.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and wide-ranging 18 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A lovely book. The title may mislead - it's really what I would think of as large-scale boxes, carcass work. Old and new designs, from blanket chests to campaign chests. Usually enough photos of each piece to give a real sense of it, too. (I hate feeling like I've missed seeing 2/3 of what's there.)
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Sumptuous 7 Aug. 2006
By David C. Brayton - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really enjoy this book. I am a woodworker / furniture maker and I read a lot of this style of book. The author does a fantastic job of illustrating each box and providing a bit of background on each box. The photos are all in color and very well composed.

The boxes range from a tea box recovered from the harbor at the Boston Tea Party to HO Studley's over-the-top tool chest to a standard GI foot locker.

The book is well-organized. There is little wood working technique described so if you are looking for a how-to book, this ain't the book for you. However, the author briefly describes uncommon techniques such as lapstrake construction (common in shipbuilding but almost unheard of in furniture making).
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Both a beautiful and an educational book 5 Oct. 2002
By Wayne Cannon - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is truly enjoyable to read.
It is a beautiful "coffee table" book -- after all, who isn't intrigued by antique treasure chests and other historical boxes.
I really enjoyed the history behind the various boxes types, and learned a lot about the benefits of the different construction types.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great job! 29 May 2007
By Elena Ayvazyan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book from Russia. Relying on the lack of such books in our country, it is really valuable material. I'm glad i have it now and strongly advise you to purchase one. Best wishes!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great resource 13 Oct. 2011
By Julie R. Voigt - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I loved looking at this book. It covered a lot of variety of types of chests and provided interesting historical and culture facts, as well as personal stories for specific chests. The pictures to text ratio is perfect. I wish there was a little more information on consrtuction--there was some useful information on types of construction for the wood itself, but I would have liked to see information on materials/woods used, latches, locks, handles, and strapping/corners. Still, I am very happy with my purchase.
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