Monthly Archives: October 2017

Col Hosie box maker

Col Hosie box maker and teacher, has a background in teaching industrial arts, wood turning and furniture design and construction. Since we purchased Gifkins Dovetail in 2011, manufacturing Gifkins products has kept him busy.

In his ‘spare’ time he concentrates on mastering fine box making. His boxes are available through our website and for sale in a number of galleries throughout Australia.

Col demonstrates box making for enthusiasts at trade shows and special events, and teaching box making to students in his workshop. He also conducts in-servicing for schools and wood groups.

Col’s aim is to keep box making simple and enjoyable for everyone.

Call us about a box making class in our workshop, or for an in-service for your organisation.


Pocket hole jig or dovetail joint? Which is the stronger joint

Pocket hole jig or dovetail joint? Which is the stronger woodworking joint?

Get the answer here…

Here at Gifkins we often get asked what are the strongest woodworking joints to use. So, in this latest series we tackle the strength of a dovetail joint, compared to a pocket hole jig joint.

We see, from time to time, a lot of products entering the market that claim to be many things. So let’s look at some pros and cons for each joint:

Pocket Hole Jig

Image sourced from Wikipedia

Pocket hole jig joint pros and cons

– Does not require complex measurements
– Can be quick
– Simple to use
– Joints can break more easily the more conventional joints
– Once broken, the joint cannot be repaired
– Really is just a short term fix.


Dovetail jointDovetail joint pros and cons

– Extremely strong timber joint, especially for drawers
– No nails or screws needed, just glue!
– Classic looking and very common
– The Gifkins Dovetail makes it so simple…
-No measuring! No fiddling! No fuss!
– Making dovetails by hand can be hard for a beginner
– Without the simplicity of the Gifkins jig you can get misalignment.

So, in conclusion we can see in the image above, how the interlocking pins and tails make for an extremely strong jointing method. The dovetail joint is one of the most attractive woodworking joints; and combined with different timber species can give a very satisfying result. From Chinese emperors to ancient Egyptians dovetail joints have been known to exist.

For further information on history and types of dovetail joints, visit this link.

Pocket Hole Jig or Dovetail Joint?

See Col from Gifkins giving a great demonstration on how to use the dovetail jig here.

For a great range of the Gifkins dovetail jigs CLICK HERE.

Pocket Hole Jig or Dovetail Joint?