Box Making 101

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Project by Mershon posted 04-14-2008 07:56 PM 1721 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have wanted to get into Wood Working for a long time….since I saw my first windsor chair or New Yanke Workshop. Took me a while to get going but over the last year I have finally managed to start putting a shop together. So what better place to start than Boxes. Jewelry, keepsake, puzzle, and cigar boxes. Step one build shop is accomplished. Step two obviously is to buy a Doug Stowe book which is in the mail now. I am very excited and am just about done building a crosscut miter sled in prep…...So hopefully over the next few weeks you guys will start seeing some pics and stories on my trials in the box making world. The end goal in all this is to make some stuff that is fun for me to build and fun for other poeple to buy!!!!!

-- Soli Deo Gloria

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 08:11 PM

Looking forward to seeing your future projects.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Paul D

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 09:52 PM

It’s a very good book, I own it myself and have made a few of the boxes which more or less turned out less than great. Anyway, I would suggest you look through all of the book first and make all of the necessary jigs before you build anything else. Then you can work through the boxes step-by-step and not have to stop to make the jigs. Most of all, have fun doing it !

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 10:09 PM

Thank you for the advice….will do took me a while but I have finally learned that all the time and money you put into any one jig is definately woth it!!

-- Soli Deo Gloria

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 11:50 PM

Hi Topher,

You have made a good start. Mental commitment is the hardest but most crucial step to overcoming the initial inertia and moving beyond one’s comfort zone. This is a good book (I liked it so much I went ahead and bought the other 3 as well. I haven’t had time to read them yet because I spend too much time here). :)

I am looking forward to seeing your work as well.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 07:00 PM

Doug Stowe’s book is great.

I also like “Box by Box” especially for beginners.

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#6 posted 04-15-2008 07:14 PM

this is a good book

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 04-17-2008 08:14 PM

I started off with Doug’s DVD and book a few weeks ago. I am midway through two boxes using his techniques. Good stuff, the right place to start.

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