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will delaney

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12-30-2011 07:21 PM

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I am interested in purchase a books on box making. There are so many inspiring LJ box makers. I would like to get some recommendations on the must have books for designing and making boxes. Which book inspired you the most? Thanks and have a Happy and healthy New Years. Will

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 07:26 PM

Box-Making Basics: Design, Technique, Projects – David Freeman

Anything written by Doug Stowe

Check ebay. I have bought a number of boxmaking books for very little money.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 07:36 PM

Will, Get on Amazon and review books on woodworking. When you find one or more you want, you’ll see that they show “used” book purchase option. Take a look at what prices are available for “used” books that are from libraries, most have never been opened and the prices are fantastic, with shipping just $3.99. Some are listed at a few pennies…. absolute bargains.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 08:53 PM

I have both the Freeman and Stowe books. Can’t go wrong with either. The Stowe book has more how-to photos and you can follow along step-by-step, while the Freeman book has a little more text-based info.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 09:06 PM

The most inspiring book book I have dealing with box making is “400 Wood Boxes: The Fine Art of Containment and Concealment”. It contains 400 pictures of some of the most amazing boxes from all over the world. For design it cannot be beat. Next search for books written by Andrew Crawford and Peter Llyod. “Celebrating Boxes”, “Making Heirloom Boxes” and “Fine Decorative Boxes”. Andrew and Peter bring box making to a new level.

Beware though…box making can become very addictive!

Happy New Year to you also!


-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#5 posted 12-31-2011 02:56 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Now to do some reading and box making. Jeff I looked at your project page very inspiring.

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