Ornate boxes are a popular project for woodworkers. They’re an opportunity to build something that is either easily understated and completely utilitarian, or as a means for flexing their woodworking skills through the use of highly figured woods or veneers, through the display of complicated joinery, elaborate inlays or even specialized hardware. Decorative boxes can be a great all around project for woodworkers to really show off their skills and mastery in the wood shop.
I recently received a review copy of the Taunton Press book “Wooden Boxes: skill-building techniques for seven unique projects” written by professional woodworker and frequent finewoodworking.com blogger Dennis Zongker.
In “Wooden Boxes”, Dennis presents readers with everything they need to know to build seven amazingly beautiful boxes. But the reader won’t be blown away simply by the beauty of the boxes alone, they’ll also be excited by the level of detail and information the author provides to reproduce them in their own wood shops.
Dennis’ ability to transfer his woodworking knowledge to the reader is evident in every project that’s presented in the book and takes what might look like an intimidating task, even for a woodworker with a few years of experience, into something that is easily understandable and more importantly entirely possible.
Each step is laid out for the reader in easy to understand details. From milling stock, to working with veneers and all the way through to applying the finish. The steps and techniques are broken down into easy to follow steps that just about any woodworker with a basic understanding of tools can follow along with.
What I liked about this book is that each box is a complete and stand alone project. There’s no requirement to work from one to another in an attempt to teach the reader new skills and then layer them into the next more complicated project. Instead, each project can be accomplished completely separate and allows woodworkers of varying levels of experience to find something they might want to build, and in the process either sharpen their existing skills or completely learn a new one.
Among the lessons you’ll learn in the various projects are – how to create intricate relief carvings, inlay banding, accenting a box with veneers, cutting curved box fronts, turning segmented feet and even how to install a full-mortise lock.
Even if you might only build one box, the lessons Dennis teaches throughout can easily be applied to projects big and small. If you’re looking to add a little extra detail and ornamentation into your projects, this could be a book you might want to add to your collection.
Want a sneak preview of the content in this great book? Click on this link to check it out Wooden Boxes by Dennis Zongker.
Would you like to win a copy? If so, either submit a picture of your favorite box project you’ve built or leave a comment about which lesson from the those listed above you would most like to learn from Dennis.
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(in the interest of 100% transparency, Dennis did purchase ad space on my website to promote the pre-sale of this title, but it had no effect on my review what-so-ever!)
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