Thanks for all the great comments! Congratulations to “Carpiodiem,” the winner of this book giveaway. Stay tuned for more exciting book giveaways and if you’re interested in a copy of “Build 25 Beautiful Boxes.” it is currently available at ShopWoodworking.com.
I recently completed a box project that I did as practice for hand-cutting dovetails (a new skill for me that I plan to use for a furniture build in the not too distant future). Personally I like to feel like I’m making something when I practice instead of just cutting and recutting on a practice board (though I did do a little bit of that as well before starting my box). But anyway, the point is building boxes is a great way to practice skills, try out new techniques and use up offcuts that you’ve been saving. One book I looked to while thinking about the box I wanted to make was Doug Stowe’s “Build 25 Beautiful Boxes.” It’s packed with some amazing projects: jewelry boxes, music boxes, boxes for pens and many other stunning designs. The book covers joinery techniques and offers helpful instructions for making inlay. Plus you’ll find an appendix filled with musings and advice on woodworking and creativity.
I have a copy of the book to give away. Simply post a comment below to enter. I’ll choose one winner at random (winner will be announced Monday 5/22). Good luck!
Oh and my dovetails? They turned out ok if you don’t look too closely.