One of the most fundamental skills of cabinetry or fine furniture making is building dovetail drawers. A well-built dovetail drawer is not only incredibly strong and long-lasting, but is aesthetically beautiful.
These impossible dovetail joint puzzles are made from two contrasting pieces of wood which are fitted together so that each side of the lower part appears to be dovetailed into the corresponding side of the upper part.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a bench with top dovetailed into sides and reinforced by a wedged tenon stretcher.
So here is a little project designed to hone your skills with the dovetail saw and chisel, and then put the results proudly on display.
Give your jewels a beautiful setting with this dovetailed jewelry box.
As the holidays approach, my thoughts turn to how I can weasel out of gift shopping. And this year I have the perfect scheme: While the malls are jammed with poor saps, I will be in my shop blissfully building these keepsake boxes for everyone on my list.