Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Woodworking Book Review: Beautiful Boxes, Design and Technique by Doug Stowe


Making small decorative boxes is a staple of the woodworker’s art.  Wherever you are in your journey with the craft, sooner or later you will want to make a box as a showpiece or a gift that will test your skills, both as a user of tools and as an innovator with design. And that’s where this book is a great support.

A short introduction, followed by a series of illustrated projects, takes you through the basics of construction - each stretching you a little further with techniques and design features. If you are new to this there are some great sidebar articles that explain how to make some really useful aids such as a simple shooting board and a router table for making finger joints. The design concepts are explained clearly as you progress from principles of proportion and the effect of colour, to adding surprises like unusual hinges and tops. There are very clear step by step instructions and the photography is excellent, making this both a workshop manual to have to hand  and an interesting browse when you not able to get out to the shop.

Beautiful Boxes, Design and Technique by Doug Stowe published by Taunton Press
 ISBN-978-1-62113-955-3