In-servicing for organisations

Col Hosie will tailor a course to suit your organisation’s desired learning outcomes, ensuring your participants come away from the session with a wealth of knowledge and box making experiences.

We will travel to your organisation to conduct the in-service in your workshop.

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

You choose which format is appropriate for your organisation:
[1] a demonstration and information session on the Gifkins jig and box making, with no ‘hands-on’ audience participation; or,
[2] a session where participants watch Col demonstrate and then they step through each process to make a box.

[1] A one day demonstration seminar  is $500 per day + GST, plus travel expenses.

[2] A one day in-service workshop with active participation is $500 per day + GST, plus travel expenses.

There is an additional fee of $80 per person for materials. Each participant is provided with material for two Desktop boxes: prepared timber for one box, and one completed box, to be used during the workshop. Some equipment may be supplied, depending on the course requirements and your workshop setup.

Duration: 9.00am to 4.00pm with breaks for morning tea and lunch.

Elements of a one-day in-service workshop

The outline below forms the basis of a one-day course. Some elements of the course may be changed for participants who have a working knowledge of the Gifkins jig in particular, and, box making in general.

Session 1

Gifkins Dovetail jig and box making equipment

  • Briefing on safety in the workshop and jig maintenance.
  • Summary of the jig construction: templates, block, backing boards, routers, router bits and tables.
  • Setting up of the jig and cutting test joints.

Session 2 

Construct a Desktop box. Demonstration and participation

  • Demonstrate cutting joints on all sides of box, cutting trenches in the top and bottom of box for lid and base.
  • Issue participants with box 1, to cut their joints and rebates.
  • Demonstrate cutting of edges of the top and base with panel raising bit.
  • Participants complete the above process, and glue and assemble box.
  • Demonstrate splitting of the box on router table, and cutting of sleeves.
  • Issue participants with prepared box 2 to split their box and cut the sleeves for the box interior.
  • Participants cut and fit false floor for box interior.
  • Sand all sides through the grades to attain a very smooth surface, and
  • finish with Organoil  Danish oil.


Please bring along ear and eye protection and wear enclosed shoes.
 At the end of a one day workshop, each participant will have two desktop boxes to finish at home.

Further courses available

Other template profiles and processes

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