As I look through the pages of projects on various woodworking sites, I see a fundamental misunderstanding as to the basics of box making. As I once shared this same misconception, perhaps these thoughts will help someone seeking to create fine b...
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Location: Shelbyville, Michigan
Just another retired guy from SW Michigan, who likes to make boxes, furniture, and a few turned pieces.
I also enjoy making Kentucky Rifles, Custom Mausers, a few knives, and bamboo fly rods. Last year I was off on a tangent making kitless custom fountain pens. Lately though, it's been mostly boxes. I keep pushing to make the best box I can make, and tend toward the traditional. My boxes owe their genetics to Andrew Crawford, both his books and his personal help.
I don't sell anything. I just continue to try to make the best box I can produce, and discover better ways of making them. Lately, I've enjoyed making photo documentaries of the process. I've completed three eBook projects so far. Available for download at www.smartboxmaker.com.
My newfound interest in French marquetry has been supplemented with two weeks at the American School of French Marquetry in San Diego. Now, it's down to practice ...practice.
-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)
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Favorite Boxes Revisited Some wonderful boxes have been posted here on LJ, but after a while, they tend to get lost in the library. I’ve chosen five favorites that deserve another visit. I’m not proposing that I’ve chosen the five best, nor h...
First, the disclaimer. I am just a hobby box maker, and these are nothing more than my opinions, and I have no interest in disparaging any else’s work. I tend to make a particular kind of box, and my comments surely reflect that. By all m...
Let me begin by saying I am not a chisel geek. Not that much of a chisel expert at all, actually. Bless the hearts of those who stolidly believe that their hair will fall out and they become two inches shorter and grow warts if they were to us...
Box hinges are always a problem. Hingeing is the nemesis of all box makers. We all get a little twinge when it comes time to fit the hinges. We generally have a lot of work invested by the time we get to the hinges, and a slip here can make a...