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.
How to Make a Dovetail Box by Hand
In this series, I show you step by step instructions on how to build a beautiful dovetailed box entirely by hand. The series is spread over 20 videos that focus on individual processes within the project meaning everything is explained to the very last detail. We cover techniques such as:
- Dimensioning material
- Cutting dovetails
- Ensuring square glue-ups
- Edge jointing panels
- Flattening, squaring and thicknessing panels
- Cutting rebates
- Mitring corners
- Sanding and finishing.
By the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of all the above techniques and processes and be able to implement them into your upcoming projects.
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.
In this video, I show you how to carefully and accurately sand the box. I know this probably seems like I’m clutching at straws by teaching this part of the project. After all, how difficult can sanding be?
In this video, I show you how to chamfer the plinth after gluing it to the box. This is a step you can skip if you chose to create the chamfer before gluing it to the box, a method I detailed in the previous video. By the end of the lesson, you will have completed all the major constructional work on the box and you will be ready to sand and finish it!
In this video, I show you how to accurately mitre and attach the plinth to achieve a perfect, seamless fit. I do this by constructing a 45 degree shooting board using scrap material and a sliding bevel set to a 1:1 ratio. It may sound complicated, but I explain everything thoroughly in this video.
The plinth is the final part of the project to construct before sanding and finishing and it’s quite a complicated part! It’s purpose is to hide the plywood base of the box and finish off the bottom of the box neatly.
Firstly, we will be cutting the long rebates. Then in later parts I will show you how to mitre the corners, attach it onto the box, and chamfer the edges.
In this video, I will show you how to shape the finger pull to remove the lid of the box however this stage is largely up to you. If you would prefer to put a handle on the top of the box instead of following the steps detailed in this video, please feel free!
In this video, I will show you two methods of producing the rebates to locate the lid. While there are many ways to produce a rebate by hand and machine, this video details how to create one using a shoulder plane and a rebate plane. In addition to this, you will also learn how to fine tune the rebates for a superior fit.
In this video, I discover that the lid of my box is incredibly twisted. But instead of re-doing it and pretending nothing happened, I show you how to go about fixing the problem. In addition, you will also learn how to accurately thickness and size the lid to fit within the box.