How to Make a Chisel Tray

For this project, you will need:


  • Sides x 2: Thickness 1/2″ (13mm) x 2” x 12 ¾” (51mm x 324mm)
  • Ends x 2: Thickness ½″ (13mm) x 2” x 5 ¼” (51mm x 133mm)
  • Base: Thickness 3/8″ (10mm) x 5 ¾” x 13 ¼” (146mm x 337mm) If you don’t have a board wide enough, glue two pieces together



Dovetail Template

Chisel hammer





Dovetail Saw

Sandpaper (1 x sheet of 120-150 grit & 1 x sheet of 220-250 grit)


1-1½” Natural Bristle Brush


Make sure your stock is trued before starting the project, to see how to do this read our truing stock guide.


  1. Cornflowers on 7 December 2018 at 8:39 am

    Hi Izzy ….thank you a really good set of instructions, following the step by step guide gets me into correct working practices.
    I have a good stock of wood, a good bandsaw for thicknessing and need loads of boxes for my tools plus pencil boxes for the grandchildren?

  2. pogle drip on 4 March 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you for producing this course,i’ve really enjoyed making this tray and being a complete novice I have learned so much,made numerous mistakes and had quite a few “ahh-thats how it goes”moments.
    Thanks again for the time and effort put into this and your Youtube videos(recently made the poor mans rebate plane from some old pallet wood-not too pretty,but it works),looking forward to making the dovetailed box next.
    Have a good day

    • Izzy Berger on 5 March 2019 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Pogle,

      Thank you for your kind words, I’m really please to hear you are enjoying the courses.

      I hope you enjoy making the dovetailed box!

      Kind Regards,

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