Make a Dovetailed Box

  • Monday, January 23, 2023
  • Monday, February 06, 2023
  • 5 sessions
  • Monday, January 23, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, January 30, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 01, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 06, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO012323PK
  • 0


  • $358 + $20 materials fee
  • $275 + $20 materials fee

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Make a sturdy box with hand-cut dovetail corner joints as you build your woodworking skills and learn fundamental steps common to all hand-cut joinery.

About this Class

As you build a poplar box about 6 inches wide, 12 inches long and 3½-4 inches tall, you will learn how to design, lay out, and mark the dovetails, and how to cut them accurately and efficiently using hand saws and chisels. You'll also learn tricks for getting a perfect fit. Depending on the pace of the class, you will finish your box using a combination of hand and power tools. There may be time to make a lid.

Dovetails started out as a practical solution to keep drawers from coming apart as people tugged and pushed them in and out. Today, they still serve that  purpose. But, in an era when there are machine-assisted ways to join wood at right angles and mechanical drawer slides, hand-cut dovetails have become a code for fine craftsmanship.


  • Ages 14+ welcome.
  • This class is open to students who have taken Orientation to the Woodshop. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking Calendar. Hand tool experience is helpful but not required.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.


Paul Kury - Paul studied woodworking at Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking in Dandridge, Tenn., and has been an active woodworker for more than 40 years. His preference is 18th-century furniture. Paul also volunteers as a woodworking safety monitor at BARN.

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