Wooden Boxes from the Scroll Saw
Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA
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.
Units of measure: Imperial
Chapter 1: Things You Need to Know
2: Boxes with Bows
3: Fun with Food
4: Barrel Hinge Jewelry Boxes
5: Miniature Furniture Boxes
6: Pivot Lid Boxes
7: Artistic Boxes