This list compiles all of the tools that you will need to complete the dovetail box project! All buttons will take you to my page on Kit where you can read more of my thoughts on the tool and purchase it if you want to.
Free Online Woodworking School
Matt Estlea’s Free Online Woodworking School covers everything you need to know to get started on the right foot with woodworking. The school includes step by step instructions on a wide variety of topics, while also staying succinct enough to provide strong learning outcomes throughout the course and upon completion.
You will learn fundamental techniques and skills such as:
- Getting razor sharp edges on your planes and chisels
- Setting up tools for optimum performance
- Using tools correctly to ensure effective and accurate usage
- Preparing rough material by hand
- How to cut a range of joints from simple lap joints, all the way to mitred / angled dovetails.
In addition to these core modules, you will also find:
- Tool buying guides
- Material theory lessons
- Guidance on making projects ranging from a simple dovetailed box, all the way to a curved fronted side table with angled drawer fronts!
- Plans for projects
- Downloadable and printable lesson summaries to take the to workshop with you.
At the end of the course, you will have a strong understanding of carcass construction, planning and executing projects, and the confidence to begin designing and making your own furniture using the principles taught in this course. Best of all, it’s free!
I am often cautious when purchasing digital products. Because unlike going into a physical shop, you cannot see the product, feel the product or try the product. And I am often left underwhelmed upon opening my newly downloaded document to find it’s not what I expected at all.
Hello and welcome to the second project in my Free Online Woodworking School. It’s fantastic to have you here! In this short video, I will explain the structure of the course. These are also summarised in the points below.
In this video, I show you how to mark out and cut an angled dovetail perfectly. It is strongly recommended you watch my video on How to Cut a Dovetail Joint by Hand before watching this video!
In this lesson I teach you how to make one of the most essential joints in woodworking, the mitred dovetail.
In this video, I show you how to cut a Lapped Dovetail entirely by hand. This joint is perfect when you want to mechanical strength of a dovetail, but don’t necessarily want endgrain showing. Drawer front being a great example of this.
In this video, I show you how to cut a haunched Mortice and Tenon Joint entirely by hand. This is a very strong joint to use on chairs, door frames, and table legs. However it can also be applied to many other applications too.
In this video, I show you how to cut a bridle joint by hand. This is a beautiful joint when done well as is also incredibly versatile.
You did it! You completed the dovetail box project. Congratulations!
Or at the very least, you finished binge watching the entire series in one sitting. Either of which are perfectly fine. Just make sure you go out and try it yourself!
In this video, I show you my process of finishing the box. While you can follow the principles I share in this video, please keep in mind that this step is entirely up to you. Choose what ever finish you think would compliment your box the best.