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Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making (Complete Illustrated Guide Series) Paperback – Illustrated, 7 Oct 2004

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press Inc (7 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561585939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561585939
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 1.1 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Doug Stowe, a professional woodworker for over three decades, is known for his decorative boxes, incorporating natural materials and North American hardwoods. He is the author of several books, including Beautiful Boxes, Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making, and Basic Box Making. He has also appeared in two feature-lengthd DVD videos. Stowe teaches woodworking in his hometown of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as well as at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. He is a several times winner of the Vaughn Golden Hammer Awards for excellence in home and workshop writing.


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This is, without question, a well-written and beautifully illustrated book. However, the emphasis is massively on machine-tools - routers, table-saws, bandsaws etc. For the beginning woodworker perhaps starting out in their garden shed (such as myself) it's almost completely useless. There are no patterns for making specific boxes and hardly any help with making joints using hand tools. The other thing is that it's American, a small detail I couldn't find anywhere in the description. If you're used to try-squares, tenon saws and millimetres you'll find yourself suddenly struggling with machinist's squares, English dovetail saws and one-sixty-fourths of an inch (I kid you not - why doesn't America go metric for goodness' sake!). The pictures are pretty though.
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I am always a bit cautious about 'how to' books: they rarely match expectations and often seem poorly written. Most importantly, they often don't seem to know their audience. I would expect the same standards of well organised fluent text and imagery that I might find in a high quality reference book, and here, thats exactly what I found.
This is a very clearly organised, authoritative and well illustrated book. Like other recent box making tomes, it focusses heavily on the use of circular saw and router - so if you want a hand tool technique bible, this isn't it. However, if you want solid, workable techniques, and applied to a range of boxes that combine subtle and elegant designing with exquisite timbers and high craft, this is for you.
I found it very useful, even though I'm more into hand work than machining. High production values and good layout make this a book to keep and browse, rather than tuck away on a shelf and use once a decade.
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Tauntons are keeping up with their usual high standards. This is a beautifully written book with plenty of clear well thought out photographic illustration. It is for someone who wishes to make beautiful boxes and would like a little inspiration and a wealth of technical ideas. Though machine tools are not necessary to make similar boxes, the book does refeence them heavily and give loads of lovely tips and techniques that involve them as they save so much timem and are the heart of any modern cabinet/woodshop. An absolute gem.
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By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2016
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Once again Taunton set the standard for all to follow - with regard to woodworking of course. It seems that Taunton (Fine Woodworking) have cleared a gap between themselves and pretty much anyone else when it comes to quality, writing and production. Presumably whilst woodworking - particularly that aimed at high end cabinet making - is very much a niche hobby in the UK but in the US a far more widespread and therefore lucrative market.

And that means of course any book or magazine you pick up aimed at the upper end of the hobby will be American. But, don't let that put you off because apart from the fact everything is of course measured in medieval units - or inches as our chums across the Pond call it - all the pictures, information and techniques are relevant. So for making boxes this book covers everything you need to know - presuming that you have some skills to start with.

And of course it is a book that feels like quality of both feel and information is paramount. Not the cheapest out there but probably the best.
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Bought this as a reference book for the future and along with my other Taunton books on joinery and furniture making it makes a great little library. Full of good pictures and worldly wise advise it is a worthwhile addition.
Maybe a little bit pricey.
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Just what I needed to make my first box, ideally written in sequence and great advice for tools required....completed my box and now to start my next....excellent reference book!
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The book is well written with lots of good instruction and techniques. Unfortunately it is badly let down by the inability to zoom photographs clearly on the iPad. When zoomed the images are badly pixilated and lack the essential detail which is required to complement the text. My advice is buy the print book and don't waste money on a very poor ebook reproduction.
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The book is a text book of Box Making techniques.
It is well presented with plenty of pictures.
I was expecting to find some specific patterns and instructions to make some boxes from start to finish.
I could not find any this book.
I don't think it is a book for beginners.
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