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.
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