A Simple Dovetailed Tote

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Sharpen your machine-dovetailing skills with this handy project.

By Steve Dando with Jeff Marsden 

O ne of the best parts of my job as an employee at the Woodcraft Store in Seattle, Washington is sharing my love of woodworking with beginners. This project is a popular class that covers woodworking machinery and workflow, but the star of the show is the Porter Cable 4212 dovetail jig. Students enjoy learning how to use this jig and are surprised by how quickly they can make one of woodworking’s most mystifying joints. And rather than sending them home with sample joints at the end of the day, graduates leave with this useful tote. Obviously, this carry-all can find all sorts of practical uses, but more importantly, it reminds them of a new-found skill.

But why should beginners have all the fun? More experienced woodworkers looking to hone their skills or use up leftover lumber will find this project easy to build, and quite handy.

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