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.

How to Chamfer the Plinth

How to Chamfer the Plinth

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!

How to Mitre the Plinth

How to Mitre the Plinth

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.

How to Rebate the Plinth

How to Rebate the Plinth

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.

How to Cut the Lid Rebates

How to Cut the Lid Rebates

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.

How to Flatten and Size the Lid

How to Flatten and Size the Lid

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.