Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making (Complete Illustrated Guide Series) Paperback – Illustrated, 7 Oct 2004
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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 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.
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.
Maybe a little bit pricey.
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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