The New Bandsaw
Published by Spring House Press, Nashville, TN, USA.
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 189
In providing some explanation of why he began calling himself The Drunken Woodworker, David Picciuto seems to acknowledge that it might be seen as inappropriate. In his book's Introduction, he answers the fairly obvious question of whether he advocates drinking while woodworking.
Of course he doesn't; he justifies the name as an irreverent response to 'the dauntingly serious preciousness that often comes with' the craft.
Fortunately, none of this has the slightest impact upon his contribution to woodworking literature, for there is certainly nothing drunken about his book or any of the bandsaw box projects that it contains.
Picciuto reveals that he took 'high school woodshop classes' in the 1990's, but only began to seriously apply himself to woodworking in 2011. Thatís just five short years. By the look of his book, heís been busy. Picciuto says that when he became interested in them, the bandsawn boxes he saw in books and online were freeform and amoeba-like. He thought he could do something different; the eight boxes he describes are all of that.
Before discussing the book's projects, it is worthwhile mentioning a couple of the authorís comments about box making.
The first is that 'you donít need many expensive tools to get into bandsaw box making'.
The second is that 'it is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of woodworking, making and building'.
Despite the apparent complexity of some of the boxes, their designer is clearly saying that you donít have to be an expert to undertake them. Given the simple, straightforward way in which he approaches his presentation of them, this is very likely true.
The important thing, says Picciuto is 'to get out in your garage... or whatever... and make something'.
The eight boxes explore a variety of styles. All are shown as made from laminated wood, which allows relatively small pieces of contrasting species to be used to good effect.
The treatment of each of the projects is identical, beginning with a full page photo of the finished box and a rudimentary drawing of the shape, followed by a detailed description of how it is made. This consists of a series of photos, usually two or three to a page, and a minimum of text.
That should probably read 'an absolute minimum of text', but despite the brevity of the notes that accompany each photo, they often contain more than just instructions on what to do.
Five of the boxes have a single drawer, two have double drawers and one is a triple.
The design which is designated as the most popular is the Chicago; this is described as having 'a very non-traditional open end that exposes the drawer and also opens from both sides'.
The book includes a small section devoted to flocking as well as a Gallery showing 24 boxes made by the authorís on-line followers.
The New Bandsaw Box Book should appeal to almost anyone who has access to a bandsaw and the skills necessary to use it safely.
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Units of Measurement: Imperial