Dovetail Boxes: Episode 8

Small Dovetail Boxes Ep 8

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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.


  1. Ken on 20 February 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Paul / Joseph thanks guys great job.

  2. Boyce Burress on 20 February 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I am sitting on the start line of woodworking with hand tools. I have enjoyed this series on dove tails. I missed the first two projects, but I got to school as soon as I could. I got a lot more out of the lessons than cutting dovetails. I am learning how to use a plane. That tool has spooked me for a long time. I’ve never wanted to change the setup or make adjustments to it for fear of messing it up somehow, by moving the frog, effecting the shaving. It’s like I’ve been content to leave the setting alone and use the plane as it is. I see you here adjusting yours back and forth. That’s something I needed to see more of , actual use of a tool.
    Thank you Paul.

  3. bobeaston on 20 February 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Fabulous project! Thanks!
    While I still have Dave Letterman’s teeth showing up in some of my dovetails, I’ve found a new level of precision in sawing and fitting via knife walls. Knife walls alone, were worth the price of admission!

    Carving on a dovetailed box

  4. constable415 on 20 February 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Wow, I am truly amazed how much learning there has been in this project. Wonder how many times I’ll watch this episode. Bet you can’t stop at one.

  5. STEVE MASSIE on 20 February 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Great series Paul, I am so thrilled and can’t wait to start making these, you make it look so easy. And you know how to make a #4 walk the line. Thanks again Paul and Joseph enjoyed this immensely. Can’t wait for the next project.


  6. Anonymous on 21 February 2013 at 9:27 am

    Brilliant – worth the price of admission just to watch.

  7. rchrismon on 21 November 2013 at 6:59 am

    One thing I’d like to know is how one sharpens those router-plane blades. I’ve got an old Stanley No. 71, and the blade edges look like the peen on a hammer. Not cutting much wood that way. I’ve tried to hand rub the underside on a stone or sandpaper, but when it comes to the bevel side, I can’t seem to keep the bevel square, or very sharp.

    Is there a trick to this?

  8. robertparsons81 on 24 August 2015 at 8:51 pm

    hi so far I have enjoyed watching the videos on box making ,I will be looking forward to making some in two weeks time after a holiday great videos thanks .

  9. beach512 on 18 January 2016 at 1:43 am

    Great project. Each project I have watched I have learned so much. Woodworking is fun again when using these precision hand tool techniques. I am so glad I found out about Paul masterclass series. Worth every penny!

  10. mattz on 26 August 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Firstly, thanks as ever to Paul and his team for their combined magical efforts!

    I have just completed my first box, all bar the shellac and wax finish and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and it looks pretty good…no ‘tombstone teeth dovetails’ I’m pleased to say! This first box is really a prototype as it’s my eldest daughter’s 18th birthday coming up soon and I’m going to make her another box with a mix of Sapele and Beech…let’s hope it’s a success and is ultimately well received. I’m a bit unsure as to how it will be received as it hasn’t got an ‘i’ in front of it (Read ‘iBox’!) nor an electrical plug or USB connections! So we will see…

    Note to Boyce Burress…don’t despair on the handplanes or their set up Boyce, just keep at it and remember the more you practice sharpening the blade and setting up the plane each time, the better your ability to do it will become. Paul has done some excellent videos and books on hand tools and sharpening and Thomas Lie-Nielsen’s book is also helpful I’ve found. Sharp tools are essential, so learning how to do it correctly is a must!

    Happy woodworking and thanks again Paul and Team…keep’em coming!


  11. Michael Ostrander on 14 July 2017 at 5:38 am

    This was a great series to watch. I’ve probably made 30 or 40 of these over the years as gifts and shop storage. Always used power tools in the past and made them 4 or 5 at a time. Didn’t want to waste all the time it took to set up the tooling. Made my first, completely with hand work, a couple of months ago using a lot of Paul’s advice.

    I needed a box to store my new/old Stanley #45 philister plane and all its doo-dads. Came out pretty good I think and had a ball doing it. Thanks so much for the tips and tricks in helping an old dog learn some new tricks.

  12. Harold on 11 January 2019 at 4:16 pm

    High Paul and team

    Needed a box to hold an 45 year old hand painted ceramic music box with Holly Hobby girl on top. Original base broke, will use this box but will have to size to fit. You never know when you’ll use one of Paul’s projects. He’s always saying to adapt the project to your use.
    Thanks all.


  13. Stephen Tyrrell on 3 February 2020 at 1:01 am

    Any advice on finishing a box with the fitted lid? If I make it so that the lid is snug, I am not sure it will still fit after adding a few layers of varnish or shellac to both the lid and the inside of the box.

    • Izzy Berger on 3 February 2020 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Stephen,

      Paul says:
      I don’t really have any advice, 3 coats of shellac is very thin but you do have to make an allowance for it. The worst that can happen is that you have to scrape or plane off the finish, take a shaving off the wood surface and re-coat.

      Kind Regards,

  14. Nige on 29 December 2020 at 9:15 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


  15. Giuseppe Benti on 15 July 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Paul,
    Everything you do is simply amazing. It’s so inspiring!

    Thanks to you this craftsmanship will never be lost!



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