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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561588520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561588527
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Doug Stowe is a professional furniture designer and box maker. He is the author of 5 books including Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making, Creating Beautiful Boxes with Inlay Techniques, Simply Beautiful Boxes, and Making Elegant Custom Tables. He also writes for Fine Woodworking and Woodwork magazines. In 2001 he started a pre-K through 12th grade woodworking program called "Wisdom of the Hands", recognizing the importance of hands-on learning for all children.


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Doug Stowe began his career as a woodworker in 1976, making custom furniture and small boxes. He lives on a wooded hillside at the edge of Eureka Springs, Arkansas and specializes in the use of Arkansas hardwoods. In 1995, he began writing how-to articles for woodworking magazines. In 1997 his first woodworking book was published and his eighth is coming in the fall of 2014. He is also the author of three Taunton DVDs, Basic Box Making and Rustic Furniture Basics and Building Small Cabinets.

He is the author of over 70 articles in woodworking magazines, and two of his books have been translated into German.

In 2001, he began a woodworking program at the Clear Spring School, designed to integrate woodworking activities to stimulate and reinforce academic curriculum, restoring the rationale for the use of crafts in general education and demonstrating its effectiveness. In 2009 he was named an "Arkansas Living Treasure" by the Arkansas Department of Heritage and Arkansas Arts Council for his contributions to traditional crafts and craft education.

He also teaches at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts and the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and at woodworking clubs throughout the US.

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Great book with many box making ideas.
James C. MacBain
The tips are great and with this dvd you can keep busy all winter long - making something that you will be proud of.
L. Schwager
Well written, easy to understand basics, and plenty of photos and diagrams.
P. Taylor

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Big Al on January 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just bought the book and did the cover project.Easy steps to follow.project came out great and I am begining the pencil box, however you must have a full woodworking shop,router,table saws,jointers etc.If your looking to make boxes with hand tools, this is not the book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By George M. Aitchison on March 8, 2007
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I have yet to make a box, however I have read through the book and it explains many questions I had about making elegant looking boxes. Wether for gifts or for selling, this book will help. Photography is great, paper is heavy weight, a quality publication. As a woodworker, I find working with thinner stock is actually more difficult, the book helps remove some mystery to that as well.
Update August 2009-I have now made a box using this book. I have to say, it went very well. The dimensions were spot on, the photos and how to's were excellent. I made a jewelery box for my niece, and it was received very warmly indeed.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Fowler on August 28, 2011
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If you want to read a book where almost every step in the box making process is done with a table saw, this book is great. If you want to learn about joinery or any hand tool techniques you need to look elsewhere.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Schwager on October 5, 2009
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I purchased this dvd because I wanted to use up some scrap lumber - unknowing how Doug Stowe made this process so simple. I had to laugh when he talked about his equipment - the age - and yet he produces some master projects. Doug keeps things simple - gives the basis of how to do instructions and what you can come up with is many, many different styles just by changing some simple procedure in the crafting of the box. The tips are great and with this dvd you can keep busy all winter long - making something that you will be proud of. I incorporated the Green and Green style - and most of Doug's tips and came up with some fantastic boxes. My thanks to Doug for sharing his knowledge with us.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 28, 2011
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I bought 3 "Box" books and they rate the same, for the same reasons.

A beautiful book of beautiful projects. But the word Basic is a bit misleading. The author seems to assume everybody has a shop full of professional equipment, access to all kinds of wood species and experience with stains and other techniques. If I had all of that I wouldn't look for a "basic" book.

That said, the projects spark the imagination and there are useful tips that will find their way into my work. But it may be a long time (if ever) before I can "do a project". Or come close. Granted, the picture on the cover should have been a givaway, but you expect the "best results" on the cover.

Scott
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SL on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Very good printing. Very good photos. And very BASIC box making. There is nothing wrong with the book. It just tells you the very basic about box making using a table saw. I bought the other book Box-Making Basics together with this book. I found that Box-Making Basics was more informative than this book although the printing in Box-Making Basics was not so colourful as this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mbs on March 28, 2011
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This book is not for beginners!
If your shop is "not" equipped with a table saw, band saw, router, joiner & planer this book is not for you.
The book is very well written, as is the presentation of the DVD, but not for the everyday DIY'er.
The title is very mis-leading!
If you have all of the equipment, then this is the book for you. If not - save your money.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill R on February 27, 2007
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I was killing time in a book store today and found this book. At first I thought it was a reprint in paperback of the excellent box making book by Mr. Stowe back in '04. But I checked the copyright date and started paging through it. It looks like all new and interesting boxes. Some basic jigs thrown in, but some neat new approaches to box making. A very nicely done layout with excellent pictures and disciptions and instructions. I said to myself if this is $20 or under I'm buying it. Bam, $20 on the money. Well worth that, too. And it's for less here if you combine it with something for the free shipping. Ok, I'm going to enjoy reading through this and then it's off to the woodshop.
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