In this course, Frank Strazza will show you how to put your newly-learned dovetail making skill to use in an actual project–a simple dovetailed box with a hinged lid.
Frank starts by walking you through laying out all the pieces to the box, carefully selecting for grain direction and color matching, which is an important first step for any project. Then he shows you how to lay out and cut the dovetail joints.
After carefully fitting and glueing the dovetails together you’ll move on to hand planing and shaping the bullnose edge on the top and bottom. Frank will lead you through planing, scraping and light sanding of the box to prepare it for assembly.
Finally, you’ll attach the bottom and learn how to cut the hinge mortises, which is the same technique you would use to hang a cabinet door or even a house door.
This project makes a great gift and can be made from any kind of wood you choose. After you’ve solidified your dovetail skills, you can move on to dress the box up with inlays, chip carving and more. Make a lot of these simple boxes and your dovetail joints will thank you!