The 11th article on using hand tools.

This article first appeared in The GMC Group’s Publication Woodwork Craft 2015

From childhood I have been fascinated by boxes – we still have our children’s ‘treasure’ boxes in the attic – with countless treasures inside. Jewellery boxes are equally fascinating with their treasures, many drawers, trays and compartments. In this article we will make a simple, handcrafted cherry box, with a single drawer, drop in tray, hinged lid and secret compartment.

Tools and Techniques

Throughout these articles we have looked at many traditional techniques and this box will incorporate and refine a great many of the skills that you have learned. Tool-wise, you already have all the necessary tools: rip and cross cut saws, marking and cutting gauges, narrow chisels, coping saw and mallet, clamps and combination plane.

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This article first appeared in The GMC Group publication Woodwork Craft 2015