Box making courses by Col Hosie

 

We conduct box making classes for enthusiasts who want to refine their basic skills—through to box makers with some experience who want to learn a range of advanced techniques.

Col will tailor a course to suit your learning needs, ensuring you come away with a wealth of knowledge and new box making experiences. We place a strong emphasis on safety in the workshop and on participants enjoying the process of learning new skills. A maximum of two students per class will have Col’s full attention.

Three courses are available: [1] Introduction to box making, [2] Building on your box making skills, [3] Advanced box making techniques. Each course has its set of skills to learn.

For example, the Desktop box featured in the first course, has an expanded dovetail joint where the lid is cut away from the base; a raised panel is inserted in the lid frame, and mitered internal sleeves are rounded over to ‘nest’ the lid. Finally, raised feet are cut along each bottom edge, to create the effects of height and shadow.

You will take home two quality dovetailed boxes [which will need to be finished later, due to time constraints].

Course fees per day: $350 incl GST, and materials.
Each participant is provided with material for two boxes: prepared timber for one box and one fitted box to use during the course.
Duration: 9.00am to 4.00pm, with breaks
for morning tea and lunch [included].

The course is conducted in the Gifkins Dovetail workshop in Coffs Harbour, NSW. Accommodation in Coffs Harbour is plentiful, ranging from budget through to resort style.

The timing and course length is flexible and open to negotiation. Please ring to discuss the duration and content of a box making course to suit you.

Col: 0411-283802 / Office: 02-6651-9513

 Three courses are available:

[1] Introduction to box making [One day: two boxes [2 x Desktop]

[2] Building on your box making skills [Two days: two boxes: [1 x Desktop, 1 x Trinket]

[3] Advanced box making techniques [Three days: two boxes: [1 x Trinket, 1 x Special jewellery]

 

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Scroll down to see the details of each course…

[1] INTRODUCTION TO BOX MAKING COURSE

Fee for a ONE DAY course: $350 [incl GST].

Each participant is provided with material for two Desktop boxes

[1] prepared timber for one box, and,

[2] one fitted box to use during the course.

Duration: 9.00am to 4.00pm, with breaks for morning tea and lunch [included].

Each participant will take home two beautiful boxes to complete in their workshop.

 

The outline below forms the basis of the course…

Session 1

Gifkins Dovetail jig and box making equipment

  • Briefing on safety in the workshop and jig maintenance.
  • Summary of the jig construction and useful box making accessories.
  • Set up of the jig and cutting test joints.

Session 2

Make a Desktop box—demonstration and participation

  • CARCASE: Cut the dovetail joints on all sides of the box, using the variable joint spacer to expand one joint.
  • Cut a trench rebate in the top and bottom of the box to fit the lid and base.
  • Dry assemble the box for fit. Glue box and test for square.
  • BOX LID: Split open the box using the spiral cutter.
  • Cut a coved rebate around the edge of the lid panel with the panel raiser.
  • Measure and cut the sleeves for the box interior.
  • Cut and fit false floor for the box; cut and fit baize to false floor.
  • FINISH: Sand all sides through the grades to attain a smooth surface.
  • Finish with Organoil Danish oil.

OH&S

Please bring along ear and eye protection and wear enclosed shoes.

Further courses available

Other template profiles and processes

  • How to use the A10 template to construct a box with uneven sides.
  • Cutting finger joints with F5 template.
  • Using the H10 template to make divider for a box interior.
  • How to use the variable joint spacers [VJS].

 

 [2] BUILD ON YOUR BOX MAKING SKILLS

Fees for the TWO DAY course: $350 per day [incl GST].

Each participant is provided with material to make

[1] a Desktop box with an expanded dovetail joint, and

[2] a Trinket box with a hinged, ‘frame-and-panel’ lid.

Duration: 9.00am to 4.00pm each day, with breaks for morning tea and lunch [included].

Each participant will take home two beautiful boxes to complete in their workshop

 

The outlines below form the basis of the course and assumes a basic knowledge of the Gifkins jig and box making in general. The construction of the boxes will overlap to make the best use of the time available.

Session 1

Gifkins Dovetail jig and box making equipment

  • Briefing on safety in the workshop and jig maintenance.
  • Summary of the jig construction and useful box making accessories.
  • Set up of the jig and cutting test joints.

Session 2

Make a Desktop box—demonstration and participation

  • CARCASE: Cut the dovetail joints on all sides of the box, using the variable joint spacer to expand one joint.
  • Cut a trench rebate in the top and bottom of the box to fit the lid and base.
  • Dry assemble the box for fit. Glue box and test for square.
  • BOX LID: Split open the box using the spiral cutter.
  • Cut a coved rebate around the edge of the lid panel with the panel raiser.
  • Measure and cut the sleeves for the box interior.
  • Cut and fit false floor for the box; cut and fit baize to false floor.
  • FINISH: Sand all sides through the grades to attain a smooth surface.
  • Finish with Organoil Danish oil.

Session 3

Construct a Trinket box—demonstration and participation

  • CARCASE: Measure and dock all sides for the uneven-sided box.
  • Cut dovetails and pins in all sides, allowing for the higher sides at the end.
  • Cut the trench for the floor and fit into the box frame.
  • Dry assemble for fit. Glue sides and floor. Sand joints flat when box is dry.
  • BOX LID: Cut and construct the panel and frame for the lid.
  • Glue and cramp the lid components.
  • Cut recess on the top of the box to accommodate the lid.
  • When the lid is dry, trim to fit the top of the box.
  • Measure and chisel the recesses for two hinges. Fit the lid for size.
  • FINISH: sand all sides through the grades to a very smooth surface.
  • Finish with Organoil Danish oil.

OH&S

Please bring along ear and eye protection and wear enclosed shoes.

Further courses available

Other template profiles and processes

  • Construct a special jewellery box.
  • Using multiple thickness timbers in one box.
  • How to use the B10 template with thinner thickness timbers.
  • Using the H10 template to make thin dividers for a box interior.

 

[3] ADVANCED BOX MAKING TECHNIQUES

Fees for the THREE DAY course: $350 per day [incl GST].

Each participant is provided with material to make

[1] a Trinket box with a hinged, ‘frame-and-panel’ lid, and

[2] a Special jewellery box with insert sleeves and one tray.

Duration: 9.00am to 4.00pm each day, with breaks for morning tea and lunch [included].

Each participant will take home two beautiful boxes to complete in their workshop.

 

The outlines below form the basis of the course and assumes a basic knowledge of the Gifkins jig and box making in general. The construction of the boxes will overlap to make the best use of the time available.

Session 1

Gifkins Dovetail jig and box making equipment

  • Briefing on safety in the workshop and jig maintenance.
  • Summary of the jig construction and useful box making accessories.
  • Set up of the jig and cutting test joints.

Session 2

Construct a Trinket box—demonstration and participation

  • CARCASE: Measure and dock all sides for the uneven-sided box.
  • Cut dovetails and pins in all sides, allowing for the higher sides at the end.
  • Cut the trench for the floor and fit into the box frame.
  • Dry assemble for fit. Glue sides and floor. Sand joints flat when box is dry.
  • BOX LID: Cut and construct the panel-and-frame for the lid.
  • Glue and cramp the lid components.
  • Cut recess on the top of the box to accommodate the lid.
  • When the lid is dry, trim to fit the top of the box.
  • Measure and chisel the recesses for two hinges. Fit the lid for size.
  • FINISH: sand all sides through the grades to a very smooth surface.
  • Finish with Organoil Danish oil.

Session 3

Construct a Special jewellery box—demonstration and participation

  • CARCASE: Measure and dock the timber for the carcase of the box.
  • Drill the recesses on the back panel to accommodate the barrel hinges.
  • Cut the dovetails and pins, using the variable joint spacers.
  • Cut the trench for the floor. Fit the floor of the box.
  • Glue the sides and floor. Cramp and measure for square.
  • BOX LID: While the carcase is drying, cut and construct the panels and frame for the lid.
  • Glue and cramp the lid components.
  • When the lid is dry, trim it to fit the top box frame.
  • Split open the box at the expanded joint, to form the base and lid components.
  • Measure and cut the internal sleeves for the box.
  • Miter each sleeve edge. Check the fit.
  • INTERNAL TRAY: Measure and cut the sides for the internal tray.
  • Shape the ends to form ‘handles’.
  • Using the H10 template, cut the dovetails and pins.
  • Cut the trench for the floor. Dry assemble the tray for fit.
  • Fit and glue the tray.
  • FINISHING: Measure and cut the ply for the box base and tray base.
  • Cut and measure the adhesive baize for each false floor.
  • Sand all sides through the grades to a very smooth surface.
  • Finish with Organoil Danish oil.

OH&S

Please bring along ear and eye protection and wear enclosed shoes.

Further courses available

Other template profiles and processes

  • Using multiple thickness timbers in one box.
  • How to use the B10 template with thinner thickness timbers.
  • Using the H10 template to make thin dividers for a box interior.
  • How to bond mitre corners in a frame-and-panel lid, using the Gifkins jig.