Creative Wooden Boxes from the Scroll Saw
by Carole Rothman

Softcover
215 x 280mm
175pp

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA

R.R.P.$36.90

ISBN 978-1-56523-541-0

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Oval Bow Box


Diagonal Bow Box Bow


Top Ring Box


New Ribbons and Bows Box


Apple Tart Box


Coffee Cup Box


Cupcake Box


Cupcake Holder


Ice Cream Box


Linzer Tart Box


Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Box


Basic Ring Box, Two Ways

 

As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 162

There are a number of books on the subject of making boxes using a bandsaw. Far fewer offer instructions for making them on a scrollsaw. Yet, as Carole Rothman shows in this book, the scrollsaw has inherent advantages for this work.

The author's introductory notes are given an unusual twist by being presented as a series of questions. These include: What if I canít get the recommended wood for a project? How can I control warping of thin wood and veneer? How do I drill an angled entry hole?

Most of the book is, however, devoted to the 28 box projects. While the words innovative and unique are probably overworked in the description of books such as this, they certainly come to mind when reading through this group of projects.

They begin with four bow boxes. The first looks a little like an oval Shaker box but has crossed ribbons 'secured' by a large, florid bow.

The box is scrollsawn inside and out from a solid block, the top and bottom added, then the ribbons are made from wood laminated from various species.

The loops and waved tails of ribbon are scrollsawn from the same laminated wood and the ribbons, loops and tails are all glued in place around the box.

The second bow box has a diagonal ribbon and a sunrise group of loops. The third is a square box with decoration similar to the first, while the fourth has sides that taper inwards, both above and below their horizontal centre. The box is made with stacked ring construction and again decorated with lavish bows and ribbons.

The remaining boxes include ones with a cookery motif (a tart, a cupcake, a steaming cup of coffee etc.) and others that are in the form of miniature furniture as well as barrel hinge and pivot lid boxes.

The text is crisp and informative and the book is well illustrated with photos and dimensioned drawings.

Photos: Colour

Units of measure: Imperial

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Things You Need to Know

Chapter 2: Boxes with Bows
- Oval Bow Box: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Diagonal Bow Box Bow
- Top Ring Box
- New Ribbons and Bows Box

Chapter 3: Fun with Food
- Apple Tart Box: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Coffee Cup Box
- Cupcake Box
- Cupcake Stand
- Ice Cream Box
- Linzer Tart Box
- Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Box

Chapter 4: Barrel Hinge Jewelry Boxes
- Basic Ring Box, Two Ways: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Flower Top Jewelry Box
- Octagonal Jewelry Box
- Double Heart Ring Box
- Rectangular Jewelry Box

Chapter 5: Miniature Furniture Boxes
- China Cabinet Box: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Chest of Drawers Box
- Blanket Chest Box
- Bookcase Box

Chapter 6: Pivot Lid Boxes
- Basic Pivot Lid Box: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Striped Pivot Lid Box
- The Instabox

Chapter 7: Artistic Boxes
- Laminated Oval Box: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Multicolored Square Box
- Round Bonus Box
- Five-Lobed Box

Appendix: Multi-Purpose Press
Index


Flower Top Jewelry Box


Octagonal Jewelry Box


Double Heart Ring Box


Rectangular Jewelry Box


China Cabinet Box


Chest of Drawers Box


Blanket Chest Box


Bookcase Box


Basic Pivot Lid Box


Striped Pivot Lid Box


The Instabox


Laminated Oval Box


Multicolored Square Box


Round Bonus Box


Five-Lobed Box