Dovetail Boxes: Episode 6

Small Dovetail Boxes Ep 6

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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.


  1. bobeaston on 6 February 2013 at 5:43 pm

    As always, an enlightening episode. I jumped ahead and prepared a lid using my moving fillister plane to cut the rebates. This episode showed that they can be cut with a saw in probably less time than it takes to set up the plane I call Mr. Fussy. Thanks for that!

  2. Eddy Flynn on 6 February 2013 at 5:58 pm

    thanks guys i’m loving this series

  3. JerryH on 6 February 2013 at 6:05 pm

    You got me there 🙂 I have bought a rebate plane and a combination plane off ebay to do the various groves in this box and you do it all with a saw and a chisel ! all tools I had already…..I live and learn ( less is more I think ! ) 🙂 Great set of video’s Paul, Thank you.

  4. woodworker435 on 6 February 2013 at 6:21 pm

    You are a great encouragement to me Paul; I really enjoy these videos. Thankyou to you and your crew.

  5. Dave on 6 February 2013 at 10:35 pm

    This is a great project. I have made 5 boxes already and all are full of little odds and ends now. Thanks for all your efforts Paul and Joseph. This online learning is very enjoyable.

  6. Boyce Burress on 7 February 2013 at 2:22 am

    I am very new to hand tools. I can tell this class is helping me greatly. I do not have a tendon saw. If I were only able to afford one, would I be better off to get it filed rip or crosscut? How do I know the proper length to purchase? I see 12,14,16 inch. I do not know how to fit myself.. I am having a really good time here. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jeff Winship on 7 February 2013 at 3:20 am

      Hello Boyce. Watch the saw sharpening video to get the answers. You should get it rip cut as Paul says. About 12 to 15 Teeth per inch (ppi) should work very well all around. Best.

  7. william boyce on 7 February 2013 at 2:40 am

    Paul and Joseph thanks for great episode.I am learning alot from your Masterclass.

  8. Florian on 7 February 2013 at 10:28 am

    Paul, you might have mentioned it in Episode 5. What is the reason for not cutting a groove in the end piece?


    • Paul Sellers on 8 February 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Of course you can; there is no reason not to, but there is no reason to either. The groove is purely to allow cover and uncover. I can see that the end groove sort of finishes things off if you like that concept though.

  9. Talbot Sklar on 9 February 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Joseph, enjoying the videos on my iPad but can’t download the files on safari or Firefox . What should I do? Talbot Sklar

  10. Greg Merritt on 10 February 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Paul…is there any reason you do not recommend the use of the plow plane in cutting the rebates? With an auxiliary fence and a 3/8″ or 1/2″ cutter you can use the plow plane for cutting rebates. I have tried this with my Record 043 and it works well. Is there a drawback to this method that is not immediately obvious?

    Thank you

    • Michael Ostrander on 13 July 2017 at 4:47 am

      I know this is well past your posting date but , for the other newbies like me, a ploughing or moving fillister plane would work great for this. A Stanley #78 is made for this kind of work. Both ate great if you have them but if you don’t, a saw an chisel will get the Job done. Paul, as usual, is demonstrating both options so as to include as many as possible into the project. Very thoughtful and helpful as well.

  11. Gary on 26 February 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Great series! I’ve advanced my skills so much in just this one series. Techniques, as you said, that may be used on virtually any size project. Thanks so much!

  12. Nige on 29 December 2020 at 9:12 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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