This is a two headed Question.
The first is -- I am looking to find a good book or books for a
beginner on building small boxes and small woodworking projects.
The second - I am looking for what tools would be required to build
such projects ( small Boxes ).
the shop is small,, but not my imagination. remedy is in progress
Doug Stowe has a couple of books, but they may or may not be your style.
Visit a bookstore or look at the books in a woodworker supply house such as
Power tools? Hand tools? Boxes were being made before the discovery of
electricity so in a small shop you may want to go with lots of hand tools.
Most of us have a tablesaw, bandsaw, sanders, routers, etc but also hand
tools such as planes saws, chisels tape measures, rulers, marking devices
and more. . Buy what you need when you need them. Five of us can start
out to make the same box from the same raw wood, and we may all use
different tools to get the job done.
Sun, Sep 9, 2007, 6:27pm (EDT-3) firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan) doth wonder:
<snip> I am looking to find a good book <snip>
I am looking for what tools would be required <snip>
Go use a library.
Ruler. Pencil. Saw. Glue.
What is life without challenge and a constant stream of new
- Peter Egan
No idea on this one, I've not looked at any books on the subject.
I do a fair number of these. I don't have any particular plans or
formulas, I just make them from whatever pieces of wood I have laying
around and let that dictate the size and shape. I do these for fun
and a means of practicing my hand cut joinery techniques (dovetails, box
joints, rabbets, etc.).
When I make small boxes, I am therefore working with small pieces
of wood, so I don't like to use power tools much. The exceptions
being the bandsaw and sometimes a drill or drill press. For the
rest of the work, I like to use hand tools. Here's a list, for
some of the tools I use to make small boxes:
o) A workbench with vises, bench dogs, hold fast, etc.
o) block plane
o) #3 bench plane
o) shoulder/rabbet plane
o) shooting board
o) card scraper
o) cabinet scraper
o) Sand paper (various grits going from 60 to about 400)
o) Chisels (a typical set of 5 or so, with beveled edges)
o) Wood mallet
o) Small dovetail/razor saw
o) Larger backsaw
o) Small combination square
o) Striking/marking knife
o) Dovetail squares or an adjustable bevel gauge
o) Sharpening stones for the chisels and plane blades
o) Titebond III
o) Epoxy, both the long setting and quick setting types
: If you don't have a workbench all ready, you'll need to either
buy or build one of these first.
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If you're looking for a good beginner's book, look no further:
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Box-Making Basics by David Freedman. It is a perfect starting point.
You might also consider this DVD:
http://store.taunton.com/onlinestore/storeitem.html?iid 383&cidI4&pcidI0&vid 060723001
Basic boxmaking DVD featuring Doug Stowe.
Doug Stowe comes across, on this DVD, as relaxed and assured of what
he is doing. No shouting, no teeth gnashing, just a pleasant
transferrence of his knowledge to you. I hope Doug makes many more
DVDs and gets paid a whole lot of money. His style deserves it.
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