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Various Dovetail Joints

December 28, 2018Olen Murriel

5 super ways to make different Dovetail Joints

Dovetail joints are not just ordinary designs that are fascinating. They are also used as a form of design and joining woodwork projects. This has been in use for centuries, for building boxes, chests, drawers, and the likes.

Dovetail joints do not need the aid of any mechanical fasteners to keep it firm. All it needs is to join the different joints together firmly. Although, some people now apply adhesive to make the joint last longer.

Below are top 5 dovetail joints and 5 super ways of making the different dovetail ends.

Through Dovetails

The through dovetail is also known as the English dovetail. It is the most basic of all dovetails and a classic one This is an incredible dovetail that is usually made with the hand, although machines are used to make it these days. It is made by joining two kinds of wood together in a finger-look interlocking style that can be viewed from all angles from the surface, and it is usually beautiful from all angles with the patterns it leaves behind.

The through dovetail is very strong and firm in look and in structure. Because of this, it usually used in making boxes, cabinets, frames corners, and the likes, for everyday use.

Basic Knowledge On Dovetail Building Drawers
Basic Knowledge On Dovetail Building Drawers

Half-Blind Dovetail Joints

The half-blind dovetail is similar to the through dovetail in terms of the structure, but not in the look. It is partially like the through dovetail, the only difference lies in the back end joints that are usually concealed and covered such that the interlocking design is not seen from the surface end.

The half-blind dovetail can be made with just a router and a dovetailing jig.


Sliding dovetail

The sliding dovetail is a rare dovetail style that is unique. It is unique in that it is rarely used except in cases that call for such.

It is made by joining two kinds of wood together; one on the perpendicular angle while the other is placed horizontally at the right angle. This type of dovetail is usually used for the drawers because it allows sliding but only to and fro direction.

Dovetail Jigs

The earlier dovetails were made by hand, like the through dovetail. Fortunately, the dovetail jig is now available to handle that. Dovetails jig varies, according to the type of work to be used for. Basically, dovetail jigs can be divided into two There is the simple and inexpensive fixed-comb jig that can only cut just one type of the dovetails in one size, one spacing and just one depth of cut. But the second category, the sophisticated jig, is adjustable and has a template that enables it to cut any dovetail to a number, size, and spacing desired by the user.

Box Joints – A Dovetail Alternative

Dovetails are usually strong, firm, and difficult to cut through once done. But there is another alternative to it that is not as strong and firm as it is. It is the box joints. In other words, the box joint is similar to the dovetail, albeit weaker, and requires glue to join, unlike dovetail. In fact, it can be cranked by just using a table saw and simple jig.

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