Tapered Sliding Dovetails Are Easier than You Think
This wonder joint simplifies assembly and makes cabinets bombproof
Synopsis: Sliding dovetails are clean, strong joinery options for cabinets, chests, tables, and more. They are quick and easy to cut with a router. Tapering these joints solves the problem of the joint swelling and sticking during glue-up. The tapered joint doesn’t tighten up until it’s slid all the way home, making it ideal for solid-wood applications such as joining a top directly to the case sides, or installing a solid shelf at the mid-span to stabilize the case. The key is to get perfectly matching tapers, and Timothy Rousseau shares his tips for that, plus how to cut both through and stopped versions of the joint.
Sliding dovetails are clean-looking and strong, and I use them in cabinets, chests, tables, and more. They allow unique construction, letting me join case sides directly into a top that overhangs them or make a drawer with an overhanging front. Best…