Dovetail Joints - Fine Woodworking How-To

Dovetail Joints

Considered one of the strongest and certainly the most beautiful of joints, the dovetail exacts a stiff price in terms of skill for the strength and good looks it provides. The Basics: • Anatomy of the joint: Pins and tails make a locking joint in a
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  • Half-Blind Dovetails Cut by HandHalf-Blind Dovetails Cut by Hand

    by Christian Becksvoort

    A joint that does its job superbly, delivering beauty and strength without straining for attention—that’s the essence of the half-blind dovetail on a well-made ...

  • Build Lighter, Stronger FurnitureBuild Lighter, Stronger Furniture

    by Garrett Hack

    Strong furniture does not have to be beefy in appearance. In fact, you can build very strong pieces that are delicate in appearance by designing furniture that ...

  • File Joints for a Perfect FitFile Joints for a Perfect Fit

    by Chris Gochnour

    Files are great for removing wood when a joint is almost together—but not quite. A file will delicately trim a joint until it slides home with hand pressure and ...

  • Simple Trick for Cleaner Dovetail JointsVideo: Simple Trick for Cleaner Dovetail Joints

    with Bob Van Dyke

    Learn a simple technique for super-tight dovetails

  • How to Cut Perfect Dovetails with TapeHow to Cut Perfect Dovetails with Tape

    by Michael Pekovich

    Learn how ordinary blue painter's tape can help you cut tight-fitting dovetails every time. Michael Pekovich's method has been tested on novice woodworkers and ...

  • How to Cut and Fit Perfect Dovetail Pins (Part 2)How to Cut and Fit Perfect Dovetail Pins (Part 2)

    by Christian Becksvoort

    You learned to lay out, saw, and chop the tails in FWW #238. With that half of a through-dovetail joint complete, it's on to the pins. Here you will learn how to ...

  • Don't Fear the Hand-Cut Dovetail (Part 1)Don't Fear the Hand-Cut Dovetail (Part 1)

    by Christian Becksvoort

    If you're looking for expert advice on dovetails, you can't go wrong by turning to Christian Becksvoort. This Shaker furniture master has been cutting dovetails ...

  • Tablesaw Blade for DovetailsQ & A: Tablesaw Blade for Dovetails

    by Steve Latta

  • Strong and Handsome: Half-Blind Mitered DovetailsStrong and Handsome: Half-Blind Mitered Dovetails

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Half-blind mitered dovetails combine the visual effect of a miter joint, with continuous grain wrapping around a corner, with the strength and classic look of dovetails. ...

  • Image not availableLapped Dovetails are the Right Joint for a Top Rail

    by Steve Latta

  • Fast Fixes for Joinery MistakesFast Fixes for Joinery Mistakes

    by Michael Pekovich, Greg Brown, Garrett Hack, Will Neptune, Thomas McKenna

    Straight from the pros, five quick and easy fixes for joinery mistakes. If you find yourself midway through a piece of furniture and find yourself with a gappy ...

  • Innovative Joinery Keeps Desktop Flat and StableInnovative Joinery Keeps Desktop Flat and Stable

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Take an inside look at the unorthodox combination of joints Aled Lewis uses in his "Wish Desk."...

  • Wishbone DeskWishbone Desk

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Aled Lewis's "Wish Desk" uses a joinery system that combines splines, slip tenons, and a segmented sliding dovetail. The wishbone-shaped legs become part of the ...

  • How To Cut Dovetails on the TablesawHow To Cut Dovetails on the Tablesaw

    by Gregory Paolini

    Get the look of hand-cut dovetails with the accuracy and ease of machinery, without a router or a dovetail jig. This method, explained by Gregory Paolini, uses ...

  • Fine Furniture from Reclaimed WoodFine Furniture from Reclaimed Wood

    by John Tetreault

    Whether it comes from an old barn, an old piece of furniture, or somewhere else, reclaimed wood can lend your projects a character and feel vastly different from ...

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