Want Feedback on Your Dovetail Joinery?

Please note this opportunity is now closed.

We have created our step-by-step courses to suit beginner woodworkers, they have visuals accompanying each step along with a written description breaking down the process. However, you might find that you’ve followed all the instructions but your joint still doesn’t seem to turn out the way you had hoped.

There are several things that I came across when making my joints for the first time which, after talking to Paul, I found can easily be improved the next time with small adjustments to my technique. We understand that not everyone will run into the same problems, however if we can get a sample of the issues people are facing with their first experiences of joinery, then we will be better equipped to try to advise you on how to avoid these problems in the future.

We would like to invite you to send in one of your first woodworking joints. It may be that you can’t get it to align, there might be gaps, or you may even have made each of the accompanying pieces the wrong sizes. Whatever hurdles you have run into, we would like to get a real life sample of your woodworking joints for Paul Sellers to analyse so we can offer a trouble shooting service which might help beginners with their first experience of joinery.

How to Send Your Dovetail Joints

Please note that we will not be able to return anything that is sent to us. By sending us your joint, you are agreeing for us to photograph this and use it on our website and social channels. You will being paying all postage costs (to our UK address) so we advise sending in small joints, approximately 3″ (76mm) if you would like to minimise your costs. We also recommend taking the joint apart for easier postage. For this exercise we will only be accepting dovetail joints.

To see our dovetail joint course, click here.


  1. Steve Petka on 27 March 2019 at 5:16 pm

    This is great. When is the “due date”? I just got my saw, and piece of wood for the dovetail guide, but still need to make the dovetail guide, then plan on making the dovetail course.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 28 March 2019 at 8:07 am

      Hi Steve,

      There is no end date at the moment, however we will make it clear when we are no longer accepting dovetail joints in a few months time.

      Kind Regards,

  2. David Coughlan on 27 March 2019 at 6:09 pm

    It would be great if some of this analysis was made into a video too. So the rest of us can learn as well.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 28 March 2019 at 8:04 am

      Hi David,

      We will be sharing our findings in the hope that we can eliminate some of the struggles beginners may face.

      Kind Regards,

  3. Jason Coverdale on 14 May 2021 at 11:12 am

    Guess I’m late to the party…

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