Distinctive Box Details
6 ways to take your next box to the next level.
Synopsis: Box design is largely in the details: a finely shaped pull, some whimsical feet, and elegant set of dividers. Each box is an opportunity to use these details to make the piece stand out. Boxmaker Doug Stowe demonstrates how to choose and execute six critical details: bracket feet, stilt legs, small pulls, two-part lid lifts, fan-shaped pulls, and bridle-joint dividers. Mix and match these elements and you’ll have a repertoire of distinctive boxes to show for it.
As a professional box maker, I’ve thought a lot about what it takes to turn a humdrum wooden container into a unique and desirable piece of furniture. I’ve learned that the appeal of a box is due in large part to the details, like the shape and size of the pull. That’s why I approach every new box as a design opportunity, a chance to create new and distinctive details that…