Making a box is the perfect way to hone and show off your dovetailing skills and, if you are feeling generous, the finished article could be a lovely gift for someone special.
The skills taught on this course will set you up for tackling larger projects such as a cabinet or a chest of drawers, sharing many of the same techniques.
The course will cover:
Marking and cutting dovetails
Making grooves for the base.
Shaping and fitting the lid.
Planing, scraping and sanding the surfaces.
Assembling the box and glueing it up ‘square’.
Applying a finish to protect the surface and enhance the grain.
We have set aside a range of fine timbers, both domestic and imported species, especially for this course. We usually have oak, ash, walnut, sycamore and London plane, as well as sapele, reclaimed mahogany and pear.
Japan’s Living National Treasure, Kenji’s combines flawless technique and the finest materials to create extraordinarily beautiful boxes. You can learn more about the man and his work here.