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09-18-2010 08:47 PM

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Does anyone know where I can view or even download plans for making small boxes. I know the basic rule is that you make the box and then cut the lid off, but I am looking for some ideas. I’ve been asked to make some little “keepsake” boxes for members of the family so they will “always have something that Uncle Andy made”...........

I can do this I know, but I thought I would get some input regarding any pitfalls that some of you might have run into.

Thanks for any feedback

Andy

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#1 posted 09-18-2010 09:02 PM

Andy,

I just typed in ‘box’ in the search box in the upper right corner, there are many blogs and projects here on boxes, I don’t know if you’d had a chance to read through some of them yet but that would be a great place to start!

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#2 posted 09-18-2010 09:16 PM

Thanks, Mark. I thought there was a “search” link but I did not see it.

Andy

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#3 posted 09-18-2010 10:28 PM

Andy, other sources that I have found helpful in designing and building boxes are Doug Stowe's books. You might want to take a look at them. The three books that I frequently reference are (1) Basic Box Making which covers general concepts, (2) Simply Beautiful Boxes which gives detailed construction processes for 15 different box designs that range from ring to jewelry boxes, and (3) Creating Beautiful Boxes with Inlay Techniques.

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#4 posted 09-18-2010 10:54 PM

Thanks, Scott. I’ll take a look.

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#5 posted 09-19-2010 03:48 AM

Another good book on box making is David Freedman’s “Box Making Basics”. It may actually go into a little more detail than do Doug Stowe’s books. Then there is Tauntons “Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making” which is also by Doug Stowe. If you have a membership to Fine Woodworking’s website, they have several general articles on making boxes, many of them also by Doug Stowe.

Jim

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 04:25 AM

Andy, do you have a membership to Fine Woodworking online? They have a pretty in-depth video workshop on box building, and the result is a fairly nice box.

If you don’t have a membership, they have a 14 day free trial that is definitely worth it. :)

I also recommend Doug Stowe’s book and the David Freedman book as mentioned above. I have both and they are excellent starts in box-making.

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 03:05 PM

Andy,

Over the years, I’ve collected pictures, some with instructions, that I’ve wanted to build or gain inspiration from. Give me your email and I would be glad to send you my “savings.” Most of the files I have are either Word docs or PDF format.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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andy_P

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#8 posted 09-19-2010 06:58 PM

Thanks to all of you for your input.

Don: the email is apensa67@gmail.com . Thanks for taking the time to do that.

I am not a member of Fine Woodworking but do subscribe to the August Home Woodsmith and ShopNotes. I found a couple of boxes in an issue from late last year that I might be able to adjust to my specs.

I’ll be looking forward to getting that email, Don.

Take care, all, and thanks again.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#9 posted 09-19-2010 08:42 PM

Just thought I would let you know that I have ordered the books by Stowe and Freedman…..I found them at a good price on Amazon. That should take care of any questions I might have regarding this type of project. Again, I appreciate all your input.

All I need to do now is measure five or more times, think about it over night, measure one more time and then….cut. Ah nuts! I forgot to change the blade.

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#10 posted 09-20-2010 01:20 AM

Here’s another good book:

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Band-Saw-Box-Book/dp/1402721935

The author is a lumberjock:

http://lumberjocks.com/DonnaMenke

It has many plans plus a lot of good info on making the boxes.

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#11 posted 09-20-2010 02:55 PM

Thanks, “H”

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 10:10 PM

I ordered the books suggested in previous posts. They are all very helpful! The one thing I have learned really quick is that absolute accuracy is a must in making boxes. I am afraid that my equipment, although adequate for most jobs, lack a little in the accuracy department as applied to making decorative boxes. There is no way I am going to achieve the results shown in some of the books, but it sure is fun.

Don, I never did get that email.

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#13 posted 09-29-2010 02:56 AM

There is more talent here than anywhere else on the web. But don’t feel bad about making something from the heart and giving it to someone. I’m not much of a woodworker but it always put a smile on someone face when I had them something that I have made. Just do your best, that is all anyone can do.

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#14 posted 09-30-2010 07:27 PM

You are very correct, “cw”.

A lot of wood filler and decorate trim helps too.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#15 posted 09-30-2010 09:57 PM

Hi Andy,

I agree with the recommendations for the Stowe material. Very helpful. Stowe also has this web site: www.boxmaking101.com
Cool stuff.

J.

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