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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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  • The Five-Minute DovetailVideo: The Five-Minute Dovetail

    with Gary Rogowski

    Practice hand-cut dovetails without the pressure in this easy exercise to strengthen your hand-tool skills

  • Why Leave Marks on Dovetails?Q & A: Why Leave Marks on Dovetails?

    by Garrett Hack

  • Make a Tapered Sliding DovetailMake a Tapered Sliding Dovetail

    by Matt Berger

    A router, plywood fence, and shim make easy work of producing this sturdy mechanical joint for shelves and partitions

  • Seven Joinery FixesSeven Joinery Fixes

    by Philip C. Lowe

    In the midst of dry-fitting the side table you've been working on all week, you realize you got a little too aggressive and trimmed an apron tenon narrower on one ...

  • Router-Cut Sliding DovetailVideo: Router-Cut Sliding Dovetail

    with Bernard Maas

    Learn to produce this strong joint in a video excerpt from the DVD 'Router Jigs and Techniques'

  • Half-Blind DovetailsHalf-Blind Dovetails

    by Carl Swensson

    The handsome half-blind dovetail is easy to find — it is often used to join drawer fronts to drawer sides. When made with contrasting woods, the result can be especially ...

  • Hand-Cut Dovetails, Accurate and FastHand-Cut Dovetails, Accurate and Fast

    by Christian Becksvoort

    A tip from a tails-first guy

  • A Simple Trick for Aligning Pins and TailsVideo: A Simple Trick for Aligning Pins and Tails

    with Christian Becksvoort

    A spacer and proper layout ensure a perfect fit when constructing a dovetailed drawer

  • Cutting with a Dovetail SawVideo: Cutting with a Dovetail Saw

    with Philip C. Lowe

    Watch a demonstration of cutting techniques that lead to tight-fitting joints

  • All About Dovetail JointsAll About Dovetail Joints

    by Mario Rodriguez

  • How to Cut Tapered Sliding DovetailsHow to Cut Tapered Sliding Dovetails

    by George Huron

    A locking joint with a forgiving nature, the tapered sliding dovetail is ideal for open bookcase shelving that is rigid and sturdy. San Antonio woodworker George ...

  • My Favorite Dovetail TricksMy Favorite Dovetail Tricks

    by Christian Becksvoort

    Pins first, or tails first? Either will do when cutting dovetails, says longtime woodworker Christian Becksvoort (who happens to be a tails-first guy). Becksvoort, ...

  • Compound Angles Without MathCompound Angles Without Math

    by Steve Brown

    Compound angles can add visual interest to many projects where standard square joints can’t. And cutting compound-angle joinery doesn’t have to be intimidating. ...

  • Making Traditional Dovetailed DrawersMaking Traditional Dovetailed Drawers

    by Janet A. Collins

    Dovetailing a drawer is not the daunting task you might think -- all it requires is a little know-how and practice. Janet A. Collins, an instructor at the North ...

  • Tablesawn DovetailsTablesawn Dovetails

    by Steve Latta

    Steve Latta’s method of cutting dovetails on the tablesaw guarantees accuracy and lets you control spacing and size. It ensures square cuts, helping with an accurate ...

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