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Boxes – skills in making dovetail Joints
These boxes are an extension of pieces Paul has designed specifically to develop your skills over the next few weeks and months. By the end of one year you will be able to tackle all kinds of boxes ranging from this chisel tray to a complex tool chest like this. In between there are other boxes with hinged lids, fall-fronts, and sliding closures. Within each progressive phase, we will include concepts of design from a designer craftsman’s perspective. That way, construction and methods behind construction become integral from a working knowledge and more readily transposed into visually distinctive pieces.
Parts and cutting list
Cutting List for the first box the ‘Chisel Tray’
|Sides x 2 (thickness 1/2″[13mm])||2 x 12 ¾||51 x 324|
|Bottom x 1 (thickness 3/8″[10mm])||5¾ x 13¼||146 x 337|
|Ends x 2 (thickness 1/2″[13mm])||2 x 5¼||51 x 133|
The tools we use to make this project are quite common, minimal and yet essentially fundamental to all joinery types. Most of the tools below are simply part of the set you will need for all dovetailing in the future. The essential element to all joinery is a keen knife edge, an accurate square and sharp chisels.
Sandpaper (1 x sheet of 120-150 grit & 1 x sheet of 220-250 grit)
1-1½” Natural Bristle Brush
|Wood||A few square feet of 1/2″ (13mm) and 3/8″ (10mm) pine or other wood|
|Finish||Shellac (Zinsser [USA] Liberon [UK])|