Passion for Boxes

I suppose I am into making boxes. I just love those containers and the thought of polishing and embellishing them.

They make great gift items too and I have never failed to get a pleased smile in return. That makes it all worthwhile.

My favourite boxes are made of dovetails; gives me good practice and makes for a strong box that will hopefully endure for decades.

Last week I finished putting together a small video I have been painstakingly making over winter. I've put it up on Youtube and can also be viewed below.

Hope you like it.

Indranil Banerjie
24 February 2017




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  1. Dear Indranil, How should an hobby wood worker dimension the wood for project - go to some carpenter with machines, buy table saw, buy band saw, keep trying to dimension by hand tools ? If table saw or band saw, then which one ?

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    1. There are two aspects to dimensioning: first is getting all four sides square and paralel to each other. This is the most time consuming and difficult. Could be done with hand planes or at a place that has surface planers and thicknessers. Cutting wood to right length and width is easily done with a hand saw or with table saw. For hobbyists it is best to buy a benchtop model such as Bosch or Metabo, or go for very effective but cheap (12k) Chinese models.

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  2. Anonymous06 July, 2017

    I have a book on complete woodworking but the details about wood are given on foreign woods since it is written by a foreign writer . Can you tell me a name of good indian book to gather information about indian woods ? Since I want to make an engraved jewellery box . Also how to check the wood if it is wet or not (gili lakdi) since wet wood will get bend in future. Mainly I want whole basic information about how to buy durable cost effective wood.

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    1. I don't know of any such book but for some information on Indian timber you could try "A Handbook of Some Leeser Known Indian Timbers".

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  3. Very beautiful video, its meticulous with a voice that has timbre, makes for excellent viewing and hearing.

    Though I notice you didn't make the recesses for the hinges, any particular reason for this ?

    In my experience recesses are the way to make beautiful wood working pieces and the mark of a craftsman. All of wood working comes from the Lord who himself was a wood worker.

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    1. You are right about the recesses (hinge mortises) but this was more for showing dovetail construction.

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