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During the last year, I have been trying to figure out how to build the Dutch Tool Chest in two days during a class without sacrificing any of the joinery or important handwork lessons.

I think I have it pretty much nailed. If you are interested in building one of these chests (featured in the October 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine) during two long days, here’s how to get it done.

1. Use only four tails per corner when you cut the dovetails that join the bottom and the sides of the chest. Yes, 12 dovetails will impress members of the opposite sex more, but they will be painted blue at the end. So go with four.

2. Commit to assembling the bottom and sides at the end of the first day. This means you should have the dados cut for the shelf or shelves and all the interior surfaces planed up. This is a do-able goal. Today while teaching a class to 13 members of the Alaska


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