In this series Paul Sellers shows how to make a group of small but increasingly complex dovetail boxes. The first is a lidless chisel tray and then goes on to adapt the skills learned to make a sliding lid box and a fitted lid box.
In this first episode Paul shows how to prepare the wood and cut the tails for the dovetails. These steps will be repeated for other boxes in this series. It will show how the basics can be adapted to more complex projects.
In this second episode Paul continues to show how to cut the dovetail and also shows how to prepare the box for glue-up. This requires a few hand plane tricks that will prove helpful in future projects and are well worth watching! Enjoy!
In the third episode of this dovetail series Paul finishes the simple chisel tray. Watch it carefully. This episode shows quite simple steps but it contains some great, and quite complicated, planing techniques. Enjoy!
In this episode the instruction builds on the skill gained in making the chisel tray to make this more complicated box with a sliding lid. The dovetails on one side are a bit more complicated because they have to accommodate the sliding lid.
In this episode Paul shows how to run the groove to receive the lid. Paul shows how to make the groove with a traditional plough plane but also how to make and use a ‘poor man’s router’. This makes it more accessible to those working from a minimalist tool list.
In this episode Paul shows how to fit the lid onto the second box. After fitting it by making a rebate on the lid Paul shows how to do a raised panel effect on the top to give it a ‘lighter’ look.
In this episode Paul shows how to make the small indent that allows the thumb to open the lid. He also shows how to create a decorative feature around the upper edge of the box.
In this final episode Paul shows some the final missing techniques that will enable you to make the third box with a fitted lid. He also shows a method for cutting the more delicate looking features of the dovetails on this box.