Dovetail Caddy Project Info


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Parts and cutting list

Dovetail Caddy cutting list

PartQtyNameSize (Imperial)Size (Metric)
12Ends4 1/2” x 3” x 1/2”114 x 76 x 12.5mm
21Front11 1/4” x 2” x 5/16”286 x 51 x 8mm
31Back11 1/4” x 3” x 5/16”286 x 76 x 8mm
41Bottom11 3/4” x 5” x 1/4”298 x 127 x 6mm

All parts from mahogany or to preference.

Dovetail Caddy

This is a simple project intended to help build skill in dovetailing. You will learn how to make two different types of dovetail, the single dovetail and the double dovetail. We have picked this project because we think you may want a few of them around to contain sandpaper, nails etc. That way you can get a lot of practice dovetailing before we get onto bigger projects.

Tools/materials/equipment needed

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.

Marking gauge
Chisel hammer
Smoothing plane
Tenon saw
Sandpaper (1 x sheet of 120-150 grit & 1 x sheet of 220-250 grit)
1-1½” Natural Bristle Brush
Wood A couple square feet of mahogany (or other wood) in 1/2″ (13mm) and 5/16″ (8mm) 1/4″ (6mm) thicknesses.
FinishShellac (Zinsser [USA] Liberon [UK])


  1. flatironjoe on 28 March 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I’m guessing we don’t really need any turn buttons for this little box 🙂

    • Joseph Sellers on 28 March 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out. You are quite right that these are not needed for this project. I have removed them from the page above.

      • Robert Rullo on 12 October 2016 at 4:54 am

        Can you please add the dimensions for the missing middle piece (divider)?



        • Philip Adams on 7 December 2016 at 4:02 pm

          Hello Robert, if you start with the dimensions of an end cut to the height you want, that will give you what you need. The exact size and number will depend on your intended use.

  2. martyn smith on 29 March 2013 at 11:32 am

    these are great little projects for learning the skills. and to get plenty of practice

  3. STEVE MASSIE on 29 March 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Nice project and these will added and put to use in my shop as well. Thanks Paul and Joseph for another enjoyable little project.


  4. MartyBacke on 6 July 2013 at 1:21 am

    Since this was posted in March, and it’s now July, there must only be 4 episodes for this project. Yet the last episode didn’t seem to be a wrap up, in my opinion. The sides were never shaped, and there was no talk about finishing touches (such as finish). It felt like a fifth episode was next.

    Since I just recently subscribed, this is the only project that I’ve watched to ‘conclusion’. Hopefully they all don’t fade away without proper endings.

    As far as the content goes, the videos have been great.

  5. Anonymous on 11 July 2013 at 8:05 am

    Not sure if you might not want to add another part. Center section: approx 4x2x1/2

  6. MartyBacke on 12 July 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for the updates guys. I’ll consider this project an aberration.

  7. ramisdom on 20 February 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Is there a scaled plan available or am I not looking in the correct place?

  8. Colin Scowen on 3 June 2022 at 9:44 am

    I made a few variants of this as presents. I am down to 2 hours from starting with a single dimensioned board to glue up (but I had a few more dovetails to cut). Another 500 years of practice and I can retire 🙂

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