Wooden Boxes

You’ve seen them in your favorite craft shop. You admired the detail and love that went into creating those beautiful hand crafted boxes. You like the feel of the wood in your hands, but you’re not sure where to start creating your own unique jewelry box.

Any good craftsmen will tell that you first need to plan out what you’re going to create before cutting into the wood itself.

Wood box plans can help you decide what type of wood goes best with your project, what tools you may need to get the results you want, what size wood you’ll need to complete the project and give you a general idea of how much time you’ll need to set aside for the project.

You should invest in a few basic woodworking box books to help you with your woodworking plan.

Start with the basic books first. You definitely want to browse and look for the various designs and patterns when developing your project once you have a general idea of what you want to create.

So what should you look for in a woodworking book?

  1. Readability
  2. Clear, easy to follow instructions
  3. Pictures and diagrams
  4. Ideas for various projects
  5. Explanation of tools needed
  6. Type of wood used
  7. Samples of designs used
  8. Woodworking techniques
  9. Cost of materials

The two books cited here are good places to start with your project.

Basic Box Making by Doug Stowe

Basic Box Making by Doug Stowe

This book covers the basics of woodworking with techniques shown on the companion DVD in an easy straight forward manner.

Its main focus is on the simple box projects that you could do over the weekend.

Doug makes use of a texture and combination of two types of wood in his projects that I like.

The visual aspects of the instruction help when looking at every aspect of the project.

I like the fact that Doug walks the beginner through the various stages of preparing the wood, selecting the designs and creating the final product. I also like the very informative DVD that shows the various methods of creating your own masterpiece.

The combination of the book and DVD makes it easy for beginners to see what they are working with, but you have to have the correct tools before doing any projects.

I don’t like the fact that you need to invest in expensive machine tools to do any of the projects in the book.

I would recommend this combination book and DVD set for anyone who is visually oriented and likes to see the project in its various stages.

Box Making Basics by David Freedman

Box Making Basics by David Freedman

David Freedman is an expert box maker. In this book, he shares his years of experience with step-by-step instructions to make 16 handsome boxes.

This book teaches you the fundamental basics for creating your own handsome box from David’s designs.

He shares his techniques and a sample of other projects from other woodworking experts.

I like this book for its readability and the step-by-step instructions.

What I don’t like about this book is its limited designs with only 16 projects with their techniques.

David does add some pretty good pictures and good advice for the novice woodworker.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning proven woodworking techniques from an expert woodworker.

Two books I recommend for getting ideas for your woodworking project are:

Wood Magazine: Making Great Boxes

Wood Magazine: Mking Great Boxes

The best articles from Wood magazine are showcased here in this book.

A bevy of designs and woodworking techniques from basic designs to elaborate scrollwork makes it hard to decide which project to do.

Pictures and diagrams of the latest techniques spark creativity and make this book interesting and quite handy for sparking ideas for any small project.

I like the fact that you can see all these woodworking techniques and get a variety of expert woodworkers’ projects.

Browsing through the topics in the table of contents is quite fun, as you’ll see that you can create a number of projects from a customized jewelry box to an elaborate treasure chest.

I get a lot of great ideas for projects. I don’t like the complicated instructions.

The instructions are not easy to follow for the beginning woodworker.
It’s also hard to decide what woodworking project to do.

I would however definitely recommend this book for sparking ideas for projects and to see what expert woodworkers have done in their projects.

Box by Box: 21 Projects for Developing Your Woodworking Skills

Box by Box: 21 Projects for Developing Your Woodworking Skills

An accomplished woodworker for over 30 years, Jim Stack offers a good variety of techniques for building the simplest box to the more elaborate, highly decorated box.

Organized to help the beginner learn woodworking techniques as they go from project, it is perfect for the novice woodworker who wants to pick up skills as they work on projects.

I like the fact that the book is organized by skill level and has something for everyone. The designs are clear and understandable. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and with its spiral binding you can prop the page on a table while working with the wood.

I have some issues with the electronic version since you can’t see the notes on the diagrams clearly enough to follow.

I recommend this book because it does offer a variety of woodworking techniques, its readability, the clear and easy to follow instructions and the pictures.


Once you have your woodworking plan in place, you should make sure you have all the tools and materials you will need for your project.

I recommend the “Box by Box: 21 Projects for Developing Your Woodworking Skills” as the best book to walk you through the process of woodworking. Mr. Stack has an engaging manner and it shows in his book.

Visual learners like me also like “Basic Box Making” as it shows the process visually.

Building boxes is probably the easiest way to get into the woodworking hobby. Woodcrafters create beautiful boxes that last a lifetime. You too can create a family heirloom that will last a lifetime.