Stacking Book Box

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Project by WorkBenchInk posted 03-31-2017 12:00 AM 1479 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a stacking book box, made of cherry, built from a design by Strother Purdy in his book Traditional Box Projects. I reviewed this book on my website Purdy based his project on a design by Thomas Jefferson, a box the ex-president used when moving his large collection of books. On top of the book box are a couple of bandsaw boxes, also from Purdy’s book, made of walnut, redwood, maple and butternut – most of the wood were just odds and ends. The mitered dovetails are hand cut, as well as the the back rabbet and handle inserts.

I was reminded of this project from a ebook download on dovetails that I picked up last week from Popular Woodworking. Included was the the same stacking book box design, this time by Christopher Schwarz, also modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s library, expanded a bit to include cases of three different sizes and a base.

-- WorkBenchInk,

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 01:14 PM

very nice write up on your site

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 07:05 PM

You did a beautiful job on this box. It has some nice details and craftsmanship. It looks like an original.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 12:36 PM

That is a gorgeous piece based on the Jefferson library box. I actually really like the addition of the handles; I hadn’t seen that before, but maybe I had just missed it. The way they are rotated 90 degrees adds a bit of whimsy/oddity, while still hinting at the true purpose.
Well done.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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