Dovetail Boxes: Episode 4

Small Dovetail Boxes Ep 4

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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.


  1. Ken Haygarth on 23 January 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks guys, another great video. Nice job Paul

    • Paul Sellers on 25 January 2013 at 2:43 am

      Can’t claim much credit here. Joseph heads up all the filming and editing and makes me look good. I am glad that you are all enjoying this. Soon we will be tackling the bigger projects but we must go through this first.
      I don’t want to leave anyone behind. Remember too that you guys are paving the way for others that will come along later. As we grow in our experience we become more proficient to help others. Real woodworking at its best.

  2. jbecwar on 23 January 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for not repeating the last video πŸ™‚ I’m dying to know how to make the finger hole in the lid. πŸ™‚

  3. william boyce on 23 January 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Once again , outstanding episode.

  4. STEVE MASSIE on 23 January 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Thank You, these Boxes look to be fun projects that I need to start, my Daughter needs a few for her Classroom. Another outstanding Video. Paul you make it look so simple, really like your approach.


  5. Gary Hodgin on 24 January 2013 at 7:43 am

    Another great video. Thanks

  6. constable415 on 28 January 2013 at 4:31 am

    I see Paul & Joseph are up to over 1000 members Congrats and Thanks

  7. martyn smith on 25 February 2013 at 10:21 am

    just slipped up cut tail instead of pin, try again.

    • Ken on 25 February 2013 at 11:27 am

      martyn…….you are not the first, and you wont be the last to do it buddy. It always helps to mark your waist πŸ˜‰

  8. martyn smith on 26 February 2013 at 10:40 pm

    thanks ken i got carried away easy done ,i marked it in the wrong place.

  9. cheeseds on 7 January 2015 at 9:24 pm

    To throw in my two cents about sharp tools, when I worked as a cook my head chef told me something that will stay with me to the grave. “baring stupidity you will never cut your self with a sharp knife, but a dull knife is an accident waiting to happen.” Ever slice, nick and cut that I got working there was from trying to force a a dull knife to do something a sharp knife would have done with ease. I learned quickly that 30 seconds to sharpen your knife is more convenient then a 3+ hour wait in the ER and a $100 bill.

  10. Joe Beazelman on 3 July 2017 at 2:45 am

    I cannot understand why he introduced a belly using scrap piece straddling the vice to plane down the sides.

    • Wesley on 3 July 2017 at 7:21 am

      He explains it at the 29:30 mark. When the plane doesn’t catch the middle it means there is a hollow and you can use the technique to elevate the middle so that you can plane it.

      Hope that helps.


  11. ted clawton on 30 April 2018 at 5:39 am

    Hi, I’ve watched a bunch of Paul’s videos, but I don’t think I’ve heard him mention which mallet he uses. Please, can someone point me toward the mallet Paul uses? I’ve seen some online very similar, but none with different hardnesses as he has.

    Thanks in advance

  12. Nige on 29 December 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Paul (& team),

    Great videos and really useful but I can’t find them on your YouTube channel. Is there anyway episodes 4-8 could be uploaded so I can continue to develop my dovetail box making.

    Many Thanks


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