Half-Blind Dovetails Cut by Hand
The craftsman’s calling card
Synopsis: 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 drawer. Christian Becksvoort shares his method for cutting half-blinds, the next step in craftsmanship for the woodworker who has mastered through-dovetails. The tails for both type of dovetail are cut the same way. The pins differ for half-blinds, requiring some careful sawing and extra chisel work. Learn how to lay them out, saw them, and then chop, pare, and clean them up for a perfect fit.
Craftsmanship doesn’t have to be conspicuous. We’ve all seen through-dovetails on a drawer front—they scream, “Look at this!” Half-blind dovetails, seen only when the drawer is pulled open, are subtler; yet when revealed they tell in an instant the story of the maker’s skill, tools, and aesthetic judgment.
A joint that does its…