There’s a few remaining boxes for sale; and one bookstand. I have started some new boxes that I hope to have by the end of October. Meanwhile, here’s several, the first three are still available, Below them are boxes that have sold since I last updated this page ages ago. Click the pictures to enlarge. Prices include shipping in US.

All boxes are oak, most have pine lids & bottoms, unless noted. Hinges are either wooden pintle-types that I use, or sometimes iron gimmals (snipe-bill hinges) made by my blacksmith friends.

I always carve the sides of the box, in addition to the front. Most period boxes I know are only carved on the front, but sometimes I see them done this way. I just like to carve the stuff, so always add the decoration to the sides.

If anyone would like to order one of these, email me with any questions.





This first one is a small-ish box, pegged & glued at the corners. Wooden hinges, pine top & bottom. Red paint in the background of the front carving.

Small oak box, pine lid, painted front
small box, side view
with till inside

H:  5 1/2″   W:  15 3/4″   D: 8 1/4″




This is a pretty large box, maybe the biggest of this batch. Size is usually driven by the oak boards I am able to rive from a given log…This time they came out pretty wide, about 7 1/2″ high.

The front carving is done without a V-tool, so I chose a pattern for the ends that’s cut the same way. This means the curves are created by the shapes of various gouges to outline the designs.

H: 7 1/2″  W: 24 1/2″  D: 15 1/2″




I have no period example with painted lids and bottoms, but the box left plain. In this case, I painted the pine because it’s glued-up from two narrower boards, rather than one single board. Then a coat of linseed oil overall. Pintle hinges, wooden pins in the rabbeted corners.

box, white oak & white pine

side view, hinge, cleat.

interior w till

H: 7 1/2″  W:  23″  D:  15″

$ 700



A new style for me, I usually made these as turned works. I wrote about making this one in the recent issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (October 2013, # 206).

All oak. Dimensions H: 16 1/2″   W: 14″   D:  c. 15″

carved bookstand
carved bookstand

$225 incl shipping in US.



#02 – SOLD

I have carved this pattern for over 15 years, and have never done it the same way twice. Nor have I seen period ones repeat! The variety and complexity make it one of my favorites. Art historians often call it “strapwork” carving, so that name gets stuck here sometimes too. Pegged & glued corners. Pine lid & bottom.

medium-sized oak box, “strapwork” carving
open, with till
end view, wooden hinge

H: 5 3/4″   W: 17 1/4″    D: 10 1/2″

$700 – SOLD


#03 – SOLD

This one, with the strapwork design again, has an oak lid. It’s made of two riven oak boards, edge-glued together. Then all planed down as one to make the lid. Iron hinges. Pine bottom.

large strapwork box, oak lid
open, with till

H:  6 3/4″   W:  22″   D: 14 1/2″

$800 – SOLD



#05 – SOLD

A smaller box again, this one’s been here storing papers and things. Glued & pinned rabbet joints at corners, iron hinges. Oak box, pine bottom & lid.

Here’s the till inside.

H:  6″  W: 18″   D:  12″

$600  – SOLD



  1. I read your artical in woodwork and I am in the process of making a box of this type. I even aguired a 24 inch white oak bolt and am splitting out the boards . I am building the lid with a pintle hinge , as gimmals are difficult to come by. Any suggestions where else gimmals can be found.

  2. Peter,
    Have you ever discussed, moisture in wood, wood movement and such in regards to making these boxes? After 42 years of working wood I am assuming that a bit of moisture on the sided is irrelevant, but the top and bottom must be as dry as possible, right?

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