Though he started off studying Shaker oval boxes, Tom McFadden makes his of a variety of woods and he leaves the outside overlapping end square, instead of cutting fingers on it. Here, he explains how to select wood for steaming, how to steam it, how to crosscut each board and joint, plane, and rip them for making the boxes. He talks about hardware choices, how to sand the endgrain, and how he hand-planes the inside overlap. Side information by John Kassay talks about making a hand-cut, through-dovetail box with a sculpted, steam-bent handle, or bail.

From Fine Woodworking #32