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Wood assembly, dovetail joint

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In woodworking, wood assembly by traditional means without nails or screws yields a more natural, attractive and professional finish. The joining method is chosen according to one’s tools, knowledge, and habits as well as according to the project at hand.
The dovetail joint is achieved by making, on a wood board, trapezoid tenons to be inserted in grooves of the same shape carved out of another board. The shape produced by this pattern is reminiscent of a dove tail, hence the name. This type of joint provides boards with added strength to resist traction.

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Tools and materials required

  • TOOLS
  • Dovetail saw (back saw)
  • Wood chisel
  • Vice
  • Square
  • Pencil

Optional:

  • Router with appropriate bit
  • Dovetail guide
     

Before Assembly

A dovetail joint requires time and patience. Indeed, in order for the two boards to fit perfectly, both steps, drawing and cutting, have to be extremely precise.
This work is made easier thanks to commercial comb-shaped templates. When used with a router and appropriate bits, they produce shapes quickly and precisely.
The present guide however describes how to make dovetails manually.
Note:
This traditional technique is particularly interesting when boards of different colours are used thus highlighting the dovetail pattern.
 

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The dovetail joint is used in the making of drawers and boxes
Wood assembly, dovetail joint