Hand Tools Only: Dovetail Box Made with ZERO Electricity

Hand Tools Only: Dovetail Box Made with ZERO Electricity

I shaved a few cents off of my electric bill by using only hand tools to build this cherry dovetail box to hold my chisels. It only took me about ten times longer to make. Worth it!

I don’t think a woodworker is defined by whether they use only hand tools, some power tools, or even a CNC to build their projects, but I do think that every woodworker should have at least some hand tool experience. It’s a little slower, but if done properly it’s more precise, and the satisfaction you get from building something the same way it would have been built 200 years ago is immense.

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  1. dk builds on April 4, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for watching! Feel free to comment with any thoughts (good or bad!), and don’t forget to like and subscribe to the channel if you want to see more content like this. I appreciate you!

  2. Fearsome Warrior on April 4, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Glorious. Love the bit at the end with the shavings revealing the final box. Good fun and turned out really clean.

  3. JOHNNY MACKAY on April 4, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Really enjoyed your video, thanks!

  4. Enere Aguirre on April 4, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Hand tools makes woodworker a master and makes art, not the machines !!

  5. Chielo mancini on April 4, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Naturally, I like it

  6. Marcos Aslan on April 4, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Todo a puro pulso como los carpinteros de los 70 ahora estan extintos ,bueno casi , Saludos desde Ecuador

  7. Grab Mint on April 4, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    What Mike Dolganov said “Good job, man! No music, no noise. No annoying intro. Just pure woodworking. Love it!”

  8. john hancock on April 4, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Hey great video and many this will help bit when you where assembling the lid and the board was floating around on the glue, just sprinkle a small amount of table salt on the glue. The grit from the salt will keep the piece from floating around and the water in the glue will dissolve it .

  9. Go To For Woodworkers on April 4, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Good presentation, action speaks loudest.

  10. David Clark on April 4, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Can you share the basic dimensions for the box> Thank you.

  11. Zacharie Elcor on April 4, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    I suspect the lighting is electric. Could you do it again in the dark?

  12. DEIZEI on April 4, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    only one thing, your lights were on. lol . new sub thanks for the vid

  13. Pete Lodge on April 4, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    This is gorgeous! Well done!

  14. Kyong B on April 4, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    You are great with hand tools.

  15. Mikåel on April 4, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Instant subscribe. This is art.

  16. ared18t on April 4, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    You could save a lot of time making only two reference surfaces at the start and making the edges square when cutting.

  17. David DeJulio on April 4, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Relaxing and informative to watch. Also like your description. All great experience. I don’t like when any crafts person gets highbrow about "their" process. Look forward to a hand too only project of my own soon!

  18. Fernanda on April 4, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    My 7 year old son is SUPER drawn to working with his hands and is dying to work with wood. Any hand tools you’d recommend for a kiddo to get started?

  19. Mauro Nicoli on April 4, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Good job!!

  20. James Sutton on April 4, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I love the music. Just steeel on timber. Fantasic!

  21. Mario Garciduenas on April 4, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    That final reveal though!! Very nice job over all, just subscribed!

  22. Abraham Bunyoh Bowi on April 4, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    One of the best woodworking videos, keep em coming

  23. essextwo on April 4, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    A+ for the unexpected reveal at the end.

  24. Neil Hendricks on April 4, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    …mesmerizing. thank you. art in motion. the end? perfection in storytelling. not only do you reveal your talent, skill, and insight relative to woodworking, you do so emotionally as well. just an opinion. blessings to you and all those who love you and who you love. Merry Christmas.

  25. John Schillo on April 4, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    great tutorial – I agree that there was no need for chatter. The music was the sawing to set the perfect mood. thank you.

  26. T R on April 4, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Well done DK. I enjoyed watching you transform the rough sawn board into a cool box (would be a great presentation style gift box). And, beyond watching your videos for enjoyment, I’m paying attention to your approach and preparing to employ more hand-tools in my woodworking. Enjoyed the clever ending too. That was fun!

  27. Clark Reid on April 4, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    I love the silent treatment here… with exception of the sawing of course, no problem with that. I’ve come to realize that after years of investing in good power tools, I really should have started with investing in learning the basics first and mastering hand tools before moving on to power tools. I couldn’t imagine sawing a board through the widest side by hand like that and then taking a plane to it with the aim of getting that kind of result.
    Looks like I have a LOT of work to do!

  28. Mary Mary on April 4, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Fabulous, thank you. 👌

  29. Ben van der Feen on April 4, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Good work DK, I was put off by many woodworking videos because they show off machinery instead of craftmanship. Yours is thankfully different, how real woodworking should be!

  30. Noah Fortino-Young on April 4, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    The way you freehand straight lines is otherworldly…

  31. TWC on April 4, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    A little Paul Sellers goes a long way 👍

  32. David Clark on April 4, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    I love the sound of that plane moving across the wood.

  33. Purple Media Independent on April 4, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Wish you didn’t use glue

  34. Andres Ferreira on April 4, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Cual es la mezcla que usas para la caja saludos desde Uruguay

  35. anthony morales on April 4, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    I don’t what others will think when planing a really dry board I use warm water on the surface. It softens the surface fibers and makes the job a whole lot easier

  36. EducationDZ on April 4, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    I think one of the hardest part, would be to cut a piece of thin wood into two thin parts .

  37. Toini Shigwedha on April 4, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Had to search this😡cos of an exam😢😂which I fear….it has given me a clue though plus i’m starting to loose the fear😞😞

  38. Julia Child on April 4, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Looks like your whetstone needs flattening.

  39. Arif Budiman Taqwa on April 4, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    I’ve hear many times peoples bragging about how good their woodworking skills. But I ask him if he use powertools, then he say Yes. I will say that is no skills, he can because he have powertools.
    What if he doesn’t have powertools ? I bet he can’t do it.

  40. Keith Hughes on April 4, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Simple and inspiring. Thanks.

  41. karthick b on April 4, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    something is very satisfying about working with hand tools

  42. The Custom Weekend on April 4, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    The lights you used run on electricity 😛

  43. Faisal Rahmadani on April 4, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    More manual tools, more fun to watch 😀

  44. Sean O'Keefe on April 4, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    "It only took me about ten times longer to make. Worth it!
    " GREAT!!!

  45. Cesar Hernandez on April 4, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    You had the light on. Ahh got you there! Great job by the way!

  46. Christian Tyler on April 4, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Getting into woodworking but enjoy not using power tools.. realizing how important and difficult it is to get a good hand plane.. any recommendations would be appreciated for someone with one funky block plane

  47. philrab66 on April 4, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    I started my first hardwood box today, oak. After using pine it feels like iron to plane or chisel. Is that cherry you are using ?

  48. Jessie Gutierrez on April 4, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Best ASMR video on YouTube

  49. Vollmond on April 4, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    excellent job!

  50. Alexander Dull on April 4, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Damn that was so satisfying to watch