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In this video workshop, I’ll show you step-by-step how to make these two elegant boxes. The mitered box with splines is ideal for a woodworker who is just starting out. The mitered dovetail box is a Master Class technique for a seasoned woodworker who wants to test their skills.
I actually taught philosophy before I started working as an editor at Fine Woodworking. I built furniture as a hobby and I made my first project, a crib for my daughter, on a 2 ft. by 10 ft. apartment balcony. Then I met Joe Mazurek, a professional furniture maker in Camden, SC. He let me hang out in his shop and taught me almost everything I know about the craft.
Produced by: Gina Eide; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Tom Olivares
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August 7, 2012
Two ways to make boxes: Mitered with splines and mitered dovetails.
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Learn a safer way to cut small parts in part seven of our video workshop on box making.
A tried and true finish for a box. Learn about applying it in the final segment of our video workshop on boxmaking.
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