See the previous post, which introduces this one.
The dovetail, as mentioned in the previous post, is one of the strongest and most versatile joints in woodworking. The have been consistently proving their strength for years. The earliest dovetails have been seen in tombs in ancient Egypt and ancient China right around 3,000 B.C. Considering these are still somewhat intact after 5,000 years is enough of a selling point to prove their strength.
In this post I will show sketches of different variations on the standard dovetail joint, and an example or two where it would be appropriate to use the joint. I will not go into construction detail of these joints, simply because each one would be a series of posts in itself. Many of these joints I have made, and some I have only researched and seen used. As always, let me know if there is any points of confusion or if any clarification is needed. Enjoy!
|Through-Dovetails. Perfect for carcass construction when visible end-grain is not an issue. Often seen on the back of drawers. This is the most common version of the dovetail. I am sure I have made this joint a few hundred times.|
Reverse Half-Blind Dovetails
|Just as it looks like, a single dovetail slides into a dovetail slot. Mostly used on drawer dividers to connect them to the carcass sides. This is preferred over a dado joint because it cannot pull apart if the case moves at all.|
Dovetail Scarf Joint
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the post. I know there was not much description, but much of understanding the joint is simply visual learning. I hope to do another post at some point talking about the different stresses joints face and why certain joints are used to deal with these stresses. When I read about it I was fascinated and would love to pass the information on.
Lastly, pardon my inconsistency in posting, I have been very busy! I had the majority of this post completed but then I left for a class in Maine for a couple weeks, and that set me back, since I had no computer access. Full-time school just started as well, and I am in my last semester. I am giving that my number one priority, but I am sure I will be able to post as well, I just don't know how frequently.
And as always, feel free to ask me any questions!
Until next time!