In Over My Head

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Recently, I have been dealing with an addiction. My name is Pruette and I’m addicted to making boxes. I can’t say that I wasn’t warned in advance – but really, you can’t get addicted after making just one, can you?

Apparently, box making is like lays potato chip laced with “crack” to the typical woodworker; You can’t get by with one. In the past two weeks I’ve made 5 specific box making jigs (most of which can be found in Doug Stowe’s “Basic Box Making” by Taunton Press) and about 20 boxes.

Here are the only two with photos. On the left is a walnut box with finger joints. The box on the right is mitered with maple keys. Both have tops made from Ambrosia Maple.

The other thing you need to know about box making is that it leads to other addictions like craft fairs.

Pray for me…

-- When the tide goes out you see who's been skinny dipping.

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#1 posted 11-09-2008 03:00 AM

very nice box’s I find that I get addicted very easily in wood working so I am staying away from box’s for now.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#2 posted 11-09-2008 04:10 AM

Great boxes. I enjoyed the Basic Box Making book as well—found it in my local library. Don’t worry about being addicted. If you think boxes are addicting…..wait until you get a lathe!

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#3 posted 11-09-2008 04:16 AM

Boxes are addictive, aren’t they. Love the Ambrosia Maple tops!

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 11-09-2008 05:46 AM

woodworking is a hoot ! great way to express yourself … very expressive boxes !

welcome to lumberjocks

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 11-09-2008 06:12 AM

I fully understand the addiction part. I have a list of about 20 boxes I’d like to make, but I always seem to make something for a gift or more practical. I think after this round of Christmas gifts is over, I’m going to have my own Christmas and buy a bunch of really expensive wood and make a bunch of boxes, humidors, and clocks and just line the walls of my shop with them. I don’t need them, I don’t want to sell them, I just want to build them. Is that so wrong?

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#6 posted 11-09-2008 07:38 AM

Very nice boxes.

When a woodworker addicted to box making, usually he is double addicted.
First addicted to making box and second addicted to making jig for cutting joints, pattern, inlay etc.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 11-09-2008 10:53 AM

Wow, these are awesome! But be careful, the slippery slope leads to a downward spiral. I used to just be addicted to box making. Now I am hittin’ the hard stuff on a regular basis. Box making leads to furniture making. What they say is true.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 11-09-2008 02:14 PM

Most furniture are nothing but big boxes. Join the addicted groupe and take it one day at the time.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#9 posted 11-09-2008 02:28 PM


I have that same DVD and have been watching it over the past week. Have not started making boxes, however I have been tempted. Maybe I should lay off the dust . . . saw dust . . . for a while.

-- BLOG -

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#10 posted 11-09-2008 04:58 PM

LOL – This is like asking for help from your ‘dealer’.
Think we’re all a little addicted to this stuff.

Great looking boxes too!

-- Still learning everything

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#11 posted 11-09-2008 07:02 PM

Lately I’ve been binging.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 11-09-2008 11:00 PM

now I’m going to be addicted to looking at your beautiful boxes!!!

I think there are a lot of wood-addicts on here that need some prayin’ done for them :) Lucky me- I get to see the creations

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#13 posted 11-10-2008 04:17 AM

If you liked Doug Stone’s book – “Basic Box Making”, you should get the DVD. It is the next thing to having him standing over your shoulder helping you!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#14 posted 11-10-2008 01:18 PM

Thanks for all of the positive feedback. My wife had no idea that she was creating a monster when she bought me Stowe’s book and DVD.

-- When the tide goes out you see who's been skinny dipping.

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#15 posted 11-10-2008 02:55 PM

Gorgeous boxes. I especially like the one on the right. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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