Make a Dovetailed, Veneered & Inlaid Box with Bob Van Dyke – Hands-on Class


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Dovetailed, veneered and inlaid box.In this class, students get the chance to learn tons of new skills all packed into one small project – a dovetailed, veneered & inlaid box.

The small walnut or cherry box you make features dovetails, veneer work, an inlaid banding on the top, and precisely set hinges. This is a great chance to learn a unique (and quick!) way of cutting dovetails- 1/2 on the table saw and 1/2 by hand. They come out great every time.

Book-matching figured veneer is easy using a mirror.Maybe you have been wanting to learn some veneering techniques and a little about inlaying a decorative banding or stringing detail – here is your chance. Imagine a top of tiger maple, maple burl, or crotch walnut!

Don’t miss this opportunity to add to your woodworking skills while making an attractive and useful little storage box.

Dovetailed, Veneered & Inlaid Box

Using veneer tape, the book-matched panel is assembled.Plan on spending a half a day on milling parts, a full two days on dovetails, a full day on veneering techniques, and the last 1 ½ days on assembly, setting in banding, and a completely unique method of setting hinges that ensure the top is perfectly aligned with the bottom.

This project was featured in the July/August 2015 issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine.



Some of the skills learned in the Dovetailed, Veneered & Inlaid Box class are:

  • Hybrid method of cutting perfect dovetails
  • Making edge banding
  • Matching veneer for figure and decoration

Materials are not included in the class fee. Lumber for this project may be purchased through us or on your own and shipped to our shop at least four weeks prior to the class.

Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule

If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic, there are plenty of tools for your use in class.

Course Dates:

  • October 12, through October 16, 2020

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 5 students.

Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.

Buy both this class and Bob’s Beyond the Shaded Fan class and receive a discount on both classes*!

About the Instructor:

After 18 years as an award-winning chef in French restaurants, Bob left the business to begin a career in woodworking and teaching. Furniture making had provided an outlet to the pressures of the restaurant business until 1993 when he started the Harris Enterprise School of Fine Woodworking. In seven years of operation, the school gained national exposure and recognition.

In 2000 he formed a business partnership to open the Manchester, CT Woodcraft store and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working on a variety of commission furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. Bob is a featured author in Fine Woodworking Magazine and Woodshop News.

Bob’s approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn “by doing rather than by watching.” Successful contemporary furniture making also depends on utilizing a sensible combination of machine woodworking and handwork.

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