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How to Make a Dovetail Joint

Learn how to make a dovetail joint, plus find out about the different types of dovetail joints and how to utilize them in your various woodworking projects.

How to Create Various Dovetail Joints
Dovetail joints have been used for centuries for building boxes, chests, drawers and other woodworking project where the joints are not only visible, but used as a design statement. Well-built dovetail joints need no mechanical fasteners (although modern joints use adhesives to help keep the joint from separating over time). Learn the various...

Dovetail Joinery - Through Dovetails
Of all woodworking joints, the through dovetail is one of the strongest and most attractive. Dovetail joints can be challenging to cut, but dovetailing jigs and routers have made this joint much easier to perfect. Learn the keys to a quality through dovetail joint.

Dovetail Joinery - Half Blind Dovetails
Dovetail joints are very strong, enduring and truly beautiful. There are times when a through dovetail is inappropriate yet a half blind dovetail joint is the best choice for the connection. Learn when to use and how to build a quality half blind dovetail joint.

Box Joints - A Simple Alternative to Dovetails
Dovetail joints are beautiful and strong, but aren't always the most practical choice. Would you use dovetails when joining two pieces of plywood? Not likely. However, a box joint would work fine, and have some of the qualities of dovetails. In this article, we discuss how and when you should use box joints instead of dovetails in your...

Sliding Dovetail Joints
When considering the design of a woodworking project, there are a variety of woodworking joints to consider. One of the most versatile woodworking joints is the sliding dovetail joint. It is strong, has numerous practical uses, and can be made a few different ways with a variety of woodworking tools. Learn the uses and methods for building a...

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