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01-06-2014 01:42 PM

I was hoping someone might suggest a magazine or two that are more geared toward small box building, designs etc…

I know they aren’t focused on one certain item but just to have a magazine that adds new idea’s, Jewelry boxes, designs etc…. every now and then would be what I’m looking for.


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#1 posted 01-06-2014 01:59 PM

Good question. I don’t know of any, and most articles I’ve encountered even tend toward very simple novice projects. I’ll be interested to hear if others have any suggestions.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 02:03 PM


While I’m not aware of any monthly magazines that cover the topic – that certainly doesn’t mean that non exist, I just have never seen one. This is due in part to the limited market and relatively obscure subject matter. Having said that – there are several wonderful books and e-Books readily available that address box building, design, materials etc. I can certainly recommend any of Andrew Crawford’s books, and I can also highly recommend Roger Bean’s new e-book on construction of a Veneered Walnut Pen Box, that one is also available on Andrew’s site. Dennis Zongker also has a wonderful book through Taunton Press entitled Wooden Boxes.

Best of luck in your search… Boxes are a wonderful little thing, full of mystery and intrigue. They can invoke an emotion, call a memory long thought forgotten, and bring a smile to almost any face…


-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 02:15 PM

Randy – Like RogerBean I’ll be following this too. But the first thought I had was, – based on your work, you should probably be the person to author one.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 02:24 PM

Roger you have wonderful designs and creations I always enjoy looking at your artwork and reminds me that what better place then LJ to use as a learning tool, I’m one that would rather come up with my own designs and creations, I feed off of the challenge but sometimes I need a point to start at. There are still many avenues in box making that I haven’t learned, in the 2012 fall issue of Fine Woodworking mag there is a special section with 22 beautiful boxes in which I found to be interesting and with great and new designs to me in which I have used in some of my box building.

Brice thanks for that info I’ll take a look

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 03:07 PM

Hi Randy
This site should give you enough inspiration and ideas and know how to last a lifetime .
You are in good company with the exceptional talents represented here and there willingness to share their knowhow .
Coming up with your own designs and developing them as time goes on is great satisfaction that makes this what it’s all about .

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 03:52 PM

Randy…Your boxes are exceptionally nice…and I feel that it would be in your best interests to focus on honing your own creative ideas for designs as opposed to looking for publications.

A person can be motivated by other individuals work ethics… but creativity is best motivated by the many designs found in nature and everything around us…

I have always believed that creativeness and design are like any other skill in that they must continually be practiced and practiced to continually evolve.

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#7 posted 01-06-2014 04:19 PM

+1 what Greg said.

Once you have established your skills, it is time to be you. I don’t like looking at the projects from several different people that all look the same. They all used the exact same plans and there was no variations. What makes your boxes wonderful, is not only the skill you have in making them, but the fact that they are your creations and not off of someone else’s diagrams. That makes them very special to the customer as well.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 01-06-2014 04:37 PM

Thanks for the kind words. Personally, I find it a great help to study old original (generally English) boxes for inspiration. I’ve never copied a box, and never made the same box twice, but my boxes are clearly influenced by the great box makers that have gone before (and certainly Andrew Crawford). A couple sites that will provide hours of pleasure are and . There are a million great ideas to be found there. Then, it’s only a matter of “how in the devil did he do that?” LOL

My personal feeling is that the more I study boxes, (old, new, or other) the more likely I am to produce a good one. I also have probably every book ever written on box making. :-)


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#9 posted 01-06-2014 04:39 PM

Ok so here are my suggestions from myExtensive library: For great ideas look at “400 wood boxes” a great idea source
1. “Making great boxes” Wood mag.
2.”Box by box” PWW
3.”Box making basics” Freeman
4. ” Basic box making” Stowe
5. ” making Heirloom boxes” Lloyd
6.” the art of making elegant boxes” Lygate
7. all of Andys boxes on this site especially his tutorials
8.” The book of boxes” crawford
9. Greg the cajun box makers boxes.
I Am sure there are more bnut this is a good start
and especially learn by doing,,,,

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#10 posted 01-06-2014 04:41 PM


Here’s something on Jewelry Boxes, that might help


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 01-06-2014 04:48 PM

Although I do not consider myself an artist, or even very creative, I’ve never used a plan or even copied a design for any of my boxes….ooooops, I take that back. I did use a plan for one bandsaw box, once. It was altered extensively, though.
The best information you will receive from books, CDs or magazines, IMHO, will be about techniques. Once you have mastered or at least attempted several different methods of joinery, surface enhancement, finishes, ANGLE cuts & etc., then you can let your imagination run wild.
The objective is to enjoy the process…at least that’s my purpose. Climbing the learning curve is almost as much (if not more) enjoyment as completing a great box. Just have fun.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 01-06-2014 05:00 PM

I think that Gene hit the nail on the head. Go to Amazon and search for box making books. There are some good ones about technique and design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 01-06-2014 06:30 PM

Good questions Randy. Looks like many good answers. I’ll thank everyone’s comments as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 01-06-2014 06:45 PM

OK maybe I didn’t post correctly what I am after, as for as my box building goes, I’ve pretty much got that down but am always open to new ideas, what I meant to say or ask, is there any magazines that have what I’m mostly interested in, which is box building, I just didn’t want to throw monies away on magazines with stuff that I’m not interested in. As for as books go I’ve already acquired several from authors.

I also want to thank everyone for your kind words and inspiration on my boxes, it’s always a nice feeling knowing that what you produce is appealing, though I do have several boxes that follow the same pattern, I do this only for marketing reasons but like others, I do get bored with looking at the same-ol-same-ol over and over again.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#15 posted 01-06-2014 10:42 PM

Randy, I haven’t come across any specifically geared for box building. I think the reason is, for lack of a better term, content. there simply wouldn’t be enough content to fill up a monthly periodical without the risk of redundancy.

Obviously there are tons of books available, and I think the reason is that once you learn the basics, there are many possibly boxes that can be created with slight variations of the boxes in the book. A monthly (or even quarterly) magazine would have a lot of repetition.

I know this doesn’t answer your question, but good luck on your search. If you can’t find anything, we can always start our own!?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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