Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 113
While at first glance jewellery-style boxes may appear to be just smaller versions of full-size chests and blanket boxes, there are many differences in their construction. Small boxes are built for appearance rather than strength and the size of the components warrants a different approach to woodworking techniques.
Box-Making Basics by David Freedman covers a range of design ideas and techniques to assist woodworkers who have some experience success with their initial box-making efforts.
After a discussion of timber selection, box dimensions, designing to avoid movement and stress, matching grain, finishes and adhesives, the first box-making technique is for a box with glued mitred corners reinforced with wooden keys or splines. This construction is then used for three different projects - Box with a Slab Lid, Bevelled Box with a Rabbeted Lid and a Lever-Action Pen and Pencil Box - each with a single piece lid.
The next chapter discusses joining two or more boards to form a lid, decorating the lid with veneer or inlay, and forming the box shape with the carcase and lid combined until they are separated on a table saw. The related projects are a Keeper Box with End Inserts, Two Keeper Boxes with Raised Lid Panels and a Keeper Box with Two Tiers.
Further chapters cover the installation of slot, pin and butt hinges, routing a finger relief, adding a lid support and making internal dividers. The remaining projects are His-and-Her Ring Boxes, a Stationery Box, Box with Swivel Lid, Box with Book-matched Two-piece Lid, a Box with Blind Pin Hinges, a Sunburst Jewellery Box, Box with Ball Feet, Classic Jewellery Box and a Southwestern Box (decorated with zig-zag fretwork).
By breaking box-making down into individual tasks, explaining these in detail with relevant diagrams and photographs, and using projects to provide examples of the techniques involved, Box-Making Basics is a practical and comprehensive introduction to the world of box-making. The 15 boxes included in the book also make Box-Making Basics a valuable resource for project ideas.
Photos: Black & White
Units of Measurement: Imperial
of Box Making
Boxes with One-Piece Lids
with Decorative Lids
with Slot Hinges
with Pin Hinges
with Butt Hinges