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!

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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!

James R. Benton, LA
Love the videos. Please keep them coming. A question though. Twice in this series you mentioned the resource page. Where I can get the cut list, plans, and or purchase the materials. I guess I can't find it.
August 15, 2014 20:30
Frank S. Waco, TX
Hi James, Thank you for the comment. I hope we will have the resource page up shortly, where we will have the complete plans as well as the cut list and even the ability to buy the materials. Thank you for your patience in this. I realize it is difficult to build the box without the measurements! Sorry for any inconvenience, we will have it up soon!
August 16, 2014 22:59
James R. Benton, LA
Ok thanks.
August 16, 2014 23:32
Frank S. Waco, TX
James, I am not sure if you have noticed yet, but we put the resources tab up. You won't be able to see it unless you are logged in and you click on one of the other paid videos. Let us know what you think and if you have any questions. Frank
August 20, 2014 12:35
James R. Benton, LA
Well it appears that cutting dovetails is still my Mt. Everest. One day I'll get it. Looking forward to the dovetail class in February. See you then.
August 24, 2014 10:39
Frank S. Waco, TX
James, why wait till February? We have a class next week on cutting dovetails! If you can't make it to that one, go back and watch the video on sawing practice. That is really one of the secrets. If you can cut to the line perfectly than your dovetails will be much better. If you can get to the place where the saw is an extension of your hand, then you will find it much easier. and your dovetails will be much better. Keep practicing, that's the key!
August 27, 2014 21:30