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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  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Testing Joints to the Breaking PointTesting Joints to the Breaking Point

    by Bruce Gray

    Using the laboratory at the Wood Science and Technology Center of the University of New Brunswick, Bruce Gray tested joints and talked to experts about why joints ...

  • Fine Woodworking, the Dovetail and MeFine Woodworking, the Dovetail and Me

    by Charles Durfee

    The dovetail joint can inspire both confidence and alarm; it can also inspire a lively discussion. Pins first or tails first? Handsaw or machine? In this article ...

  • Joinery for Curved WorkJoinery for Curved Work

    by Garrett Hack

    Curved parts can add physical strength to a design while preserving its visual lightness, according to Garrett Hack who details in this article how to use drawings ...

  • Housed Sliding DovetailsHoused Sliding Dovetails

    by Tony Konovaloff

    Tony Konovaloff makes furniture with a lot of knockdown joints to keep big pieces manageable in his small shop. He devised a strong connection method using housed ...

  • Machine Dovetails by EyeMachine Dovetails by Eye

    by Jeff Miller

    Jeff Miller uses his tablesaw and bandsaw to make dovetails that look hand-cut. He made a tablesaw jig that is fast to set up and helps him cut dovetails of any ...

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