I finished the box with 2 coats of dewaxed shellac (homemade from flakes dissolved in ethanol). Start by marking the width of the narrow short side onto the longer tail piece (pic 1). Later I discovered I made a mistake, so I had to plug a piece of the tail up (see later). Either of which are perfectly fine. Hold them together to check if there are no gaps, then proceed to plane the other 2 edges. With dovetails, the length and width of your pieces will be the length and width of your box (outside measurements). Now for the lid side, the dovetails are slightly different. Just saying. November 9, 2020. It has always been out there but not too many people have done it. Filed under: Free Online Woodworking School, How to Make a Dovetail Box by Hand. In pic 5 you can clearly see that the edges are nicely defined, but there is still a bit of fuzz from sawing. It should look like picture 6. I've done a couple of woodburning projects now and got a taste for it. I do realize it can be a sensitive subject to some people. You completed the dovetail box project. Only way to fix it, was to make 2 saw cuts and chisel out the excess wood (pic 3). o.O, Reply And once you get good at them, they aren't always slower than power tools, which is a common misconception. I fixed this by making a wedge-shaped plug. No worries. Put a slight indent into the lid with a gouge (pic 5), so you can easily slide it open with your thumb. Repeat this entire step to get 2 panels. In this video, I show you how to carefully and accurately sand the box. (Sold). The fine pins and custom layouts of hand cut dovetails also elevate your work to a higher level. A neat little trick to facilitate the fitting process, is to slightly ease the inside corners of the tail (without touching the outer corners of the tail). While it’s perfectly ok to do this with just a chisel and mallet, it’s quite […], Filed under: Free Online Woodworking School, How to Make a Dovetail Box by Hand, Matt Estlea | Posted on February 12, 2020 |. Then in later parts I will show you how to mitre the corners, attach it onto the box, and chamfer the edges. 3.) I actually have this game, among others (Arkham Horror with all the expansions, Mansions of Madness with all the expansions, Fortune and Glory with all the available expansions, and Eldritch Horror and all of its expansions on my To Get list). You use it every time you cross cut, and this is key to accuracy and you also avoid tear out from sawing. For long grain, we can of course just plane it flush. This time, we need to remove a small waste piece in between (pic 2), whereas with the previous tails there was no need. In this video, I show you how to chamfer the plinth after gluing it to the box. I'll be referring to some of his video's throughout this Instructable. At this point I hadn't even noticed yet. I was just thinking this past week that I should build some storage boxes for them all. He continues to blog and publish woodworking books at Lost Art Press. Not sure what you mean. Then I discovered Paul Sellers, and he's been a huge source of inspiration. Firstly, we will be cutting the long rebates. Again, if this is a bit confusing to you, watch Paul's dovetail video. Mark your baseline with a knife, using your tailpiece as a guide. Use a block of wood to support the other end. But not in the way you think. I needed 3 of them to get the width I needed. Again mark your baseline, and mark out your tails. I think it's important not to cover up that part of our history. Matt Estlea | Posted on December 7, 2019 |. In this video, I show you how to accurately mitre and attach the plinth to achieve a perfect, seamless fit. If the joint is too tight, you can gently trim with a chisel (easy does it). I can't go into detail on every technique I use, because these written instructions would get way too long. Finally cut away both corners, and clean up the inside corner with a chisel. All buttons will take you to my page on Kit where you can read more of my thoughts on the tool and purchase it if you want to. If you enjoyed this Instructable, please give me a vote in the "Box contest" (click on orange flag in top right corner). The best way to get a seamless glue-up, is to plane two edges together (pic 4 and 5). Good for you. Next, cut the lid to size and try the fit. This turned out pretty good (pic 4), although I did saw a little too deep, as you can see. 2020 Gift Guide. In addition to this, you will also learn how to fine tune the rebates for a superior fit. To be played with 5 to 10 players. 2020 Gift Guide. Oh, did you really have to rename the label of this i'ble??? In this video, I show you my process of finishing the box. I do this by constructing a 45 degree shooting board using scrap material and a sliding bevel set to a 1:1 ratio. Choose what ever finish you think would compliment your box the best. Flattening, squaring and thicknessing panels. While you can follow the principles I share in this video, please keep in mind that this step is entirely up to you. 3 years ago. You might be right. This lessons objectives: How to size the mortise How to avoid short grain How to chop the mortise How to safely remove debris within the mortice In this video, I’ll show you the quick, accurate way to cut a mortise. This is the so-called knifewall method of Paul Sellers. You are very talented in both wood working and art. Then apply a liberal (get it?) We cover techniques such as: By the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of all the above techniques and processes and be able to implement them into your upcoming projects. Secret Hitler Dovetail Box (only Hand Tools): Before you go on a rant, this Instructable has nothing to do with fascism. What exactly changed, then? 1832 Spear & Jackson, Sheffield 14" brass back, split nut, 12 T.P.I. I use a marking gauge, a dovetail gauge, and a small square to do the layout. Carefully remove shaving after shaving from the edges until it fits snugly into the box. It’s purpose is to hide the plywood base of the box and finish off the bottom of the box neatly. This is very convenient because you don't need to take wood thickness into consideration. They were about 9 mm thick (a little under 3/8 inch), which makes them perfect for boxes. After planing the edges as well (use a marking gauge again to stay parallel), you should end up with something like this: Because we are making a lidded box, one of the short pieces is also narrower than all the others. Well, OK, a little bit then. Put everything in clamps (pic 1) and measure the diagonals. Tools. Leave it to dry for a couple of hours. I have done it for years and love it. This is just a temporary guideline, so you know what line to saw to. Cover up is not the point, trivializing that part of our history is. For this step, we'll need the panels made in step 1. In this video, I will show you how to shape the finger pull to remove the lid of the box however this stage is largely up to you. Antique Hand Saws, Brass Back Dovetail Saws, Miter Saws for sale at LeToolman's Antiques in Verner. Route the top of the lid base with a cove router bit. Do this from both sides, until you meet in the middle. Thanks! It really helps to mark waste wood with an X, so you know which side of the line you have to cut to. You know you're done when you have continuous shavings from both edges. It may sound complicated, but I explain everything thoroughly in this video. If it's too loose, you might resort to the old wood glue and sanding dust trick (but try to avoid this if possible, because your joints will be weaker). Great artwork projects are there to be done. Carefully apply glue in all the joints, and fit everything together. To get the width for the bottom and lid, we first need to make panels. For the angle, I used a 1:7 pitch. In this series, I show you step by step instructions on how to build a beautiful dovetailed box entirely by hand.