|Forum topic by AESamuel||posted 02-15-2015 12:09 AM||1187 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
02-15-2015 12:09 AM
I’ve not been woodworking for long and mainly been making small projects – candle holders, a guitar stand stuff like that – but I would like to start making some boxes, both decorative boxes as gifts and also some boxes to hold tools and I’m wondering where to start in regards to the box joints.
I have a basic selection of hand tools – chisels, some japanese style pull saws, smoothing plane etc. but I don’t have the space for any large tools (a router is out of the question as well as I live in a block of flats where the noise could be a problem) so I would like to utilise the hand tools to make the joints.
Looking around the web it seems like dovetails are the “holy grail” of box joints and I do like the look of them, but my sawing skills aren’t anywhere near good enough to make aesthetically pleasing dovetails so does anyone have any suggestions on what joints might be suitable for a beginner to make some simple boxes. I’ll be using solid wood for the nice boxes, and maybe plywood for the tool boxes.
I’ve seen these dovetail guides by David Barron: http://www.davidbarronfurniture.co.uk/david_barron_tools.asp?pg=1&id=5 and it’s quite tempting to buy one so I can make dovetails while learning to do them without the guide in my spare time. Do you think its worth it?
Sorry for the rambling style of the post but hopefully someone can offer me some advice!