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About the Author

Doug Stowe, a professional woodworker for over three decades, is known for his decorative boxes, incorporating natural materials and North American hardwoods. He is the author of several books, including Beautiful Boxes, Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making, and Basic Box Making. He has also appeared in two feature-lengthd DVD videos. Stowe teaches woodworking in his hometown of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as well as at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. He is a several times winner of the Vaughn Golden Hammer Awards for excellence in home and workshop writing.

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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: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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My favorite hobby is making keepsake boxes, and my favorite teacher is Doug Stowe. His previous book, Taunton's Guide to Box Making, taught me most of what I learned to get me started. His other box making books are also excellent. But this one will be by far the most useful for new novice box makers. He takes you through the construction of each box in very great detail over many pages so you're not left in the dark on any step. The boxes that he makes in this book are very nice ones, too. I only wish I could have had this book a few years ago when I was getting started. There is a companion DVD of the same title that is surprisingly low-priced and it's well worth the money too. I would give them each 6 stars.
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The DVD on Basic Box Making by Doug Stowe has not been out of my computer since I bought it.

It is so full of "how to" and Jigs that make it easier to produce excellent small wooden boxes, and I re-run different chapters every night.

So far, I have made 4 of the jigs described by Doug, and my box making and general wood work is improving simply because of his easy to understand narrative and excellent camera work.

I also have the companion book, and combined they are the best instructional series I have ever purchased.
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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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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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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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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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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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