Reviews #1: Basic Box Making with Doug Stowe - a review

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Blog entry by Tim Dorcas posted 12-17-2007 12:43 AM 1216 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have watched this DVD about 5 times now. I will watch it another 5 times before Christmas. When it is all told, who knows how many times I will watch this. It’s that good.

I like to make boxes myself and I am continually trying to refine my approach. This video really makes it all seem very doable.

In his very plainspoken way, Doug takes us from stock preparation to jigs to the various ways of constructing the box. Miters, miter keys, finger joints, hidden splines, lap joints—it’s all there. And like many craftsmen I have seen in the past, he does it all with fairly basic equipment (He does have the same Dewalt 734 Planer that I have :). And in many instances he shows you multiple ways to do the same thing when you don’t have access to these tools. Don’t have a bandsaw? Let’s resaw with the tablesaw. Don’t like hand sanders? Let’s sand by hand. Don’t like finishing? Here’s a tip that doesn’t require sanding. All of it well spoken, easy to understand, and seemingly easy to do.

I like the Taunton Press series of woodworking videos and would recommend them to up and coming woodworkers. That said, I really like this one in particular. Get it. Watch it. And then watch it again.

-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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#1 posted 12-17-2007 03:28 AM

Does the video cover the same material that is in his book? Is it meant to be a companion?

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 12-17-2007 06:31 AM

Roger – yes it covers the same stuff – but puts actions to the words. The DVD complements the book well. I’ve read the box and watch the video several times. I’ve made several of the projects and they’ve turned out well using his techniques. It’s worth the investment in my mind.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 12-17-2007 07:32 AM

Betsy I agree with you about Doug Stowe’s book and DVD. It is very informative and well produced. I personally think that the tip he gives you on installing the moritsed hinges is worth the cost of the entire Book & DVD. There are a good deal of useful tips and in most cases he actually shows how to make the jig to accomplish the tip.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 12-17-2007 09:00 AM

Our local library has the whole series. If you don’t own them, check your library. I have watched them all several times, but the box video is one of the best. Thanks for pointing it out to people who haven’t seen it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 12-17-2007 02:47 PM

Does the DVD come from Taunton?

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