Strong and Stylish Dovetailed Dividers
Three options for these classic components of casework
Synopsis: Will Neptune pairs dadoes with dovetails in three joinery options for attaching horizontal dividers to a case. These traditional joints combine the ease of through-dadoes with the strength of dovetails, and will keep case fronts from bowing or deforming. Neptune uses paring blocks to form the dovetail and stub tenons for easy and repeatable results. The first and simplest joint employs a half dovetail in front. It’s quick and secure. The second is a stepped full dovetail, a good option for lipped drawers. The third option is a full dovetail, recommended for inset drawers.
When installing horizontal dividers in a case, I like to use a combination of dovetails at the front with dadoes across the case sides. A traditional solution, this method combines the ease and efficiency of dadoes with the strength of dovetails. But just because this joint is traditional doesn’t mean it isn’t equally useful…