Dovetail joints have been used for centuries for building boxes, chests, drawers and other woodworking projects 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 types of dovetail joints, plus methods for making these popular joints.
While a through dovetail is considered a classic joint, in certain instances, you may want only a portion of the dovetail to be shown. For instance, a solid dresser drawer front shouldn't show the dovetail joint, but on the sides of the box it is perfectly permissible. Half-blind dovetail joints are perfect for such an instance. In this article, learn the art of half-blind dovetail joint making.
A sliding dovetail joint is one that is not commonly used, but in specific instances a sliding dovetail joint can be just what your project needs. For instance, some classic furniture pieces utilized sliding dovetail joinery for wooden drawer slides, which allows the drawer to slide in and out, but with no up or down motion. In this article, learn how to craft a sliding dovetail joint.
Sometimes, a woodworking project may require a strong joint, but a dovetail joint may not be an ideal choice. A simpler joint (albeit weaker and not quite as visually stunning) to consider is the box joint. Think of a box joint as a dovetail joint with square pins and tails. Fortunately, you can crank box joints out all day using a table saw and a simple jig. Learn how in this woodworking article.