How To Make A Dovetail Joint
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It is widely used as it adds details and intricacies to our cabinets and drawers.The meticulous woodwork and its durable feature are what makes it unique and a standout from the other joinery techniques that are used in woodworking.
Hence, making it is a considered a skill to be developed.So now you might be wondering, how to make a dovetail joint? Just like how it is originated thousands of years back by using your hand and simple tool skills, here are the basic steps on how to make one that will add some nice and sophisticated design to your cabinet or any woodworking project.
Materials Needed For this tutorial, we will only need the following: Wood Since the dovetail joint consists of two parts, we will need two cuts of the same size of wood.You can use any type of solid timber such as maple, aspen, plywood or oak, whichever suits you best.
With those pieces of wood only, we can already go ahead and work in making a dovetail joint with the help of these following tools.Marking KnifePencilDovetail SawViceSquareSliding BevelPlankChisel SetChisel malletPlane As it has been used for centuries, dovetail joint is a durable and sturdy way of joining pieces of wood together and are commonly used when making drawers and cabinets.
It is not only strong and solid, but for many, even those without any interest in woodworking will find its intricate look an attractive design and detail on a project.Knowing how to make dovetails is considered as the benchmark of woodworking and a skill that beginners should acquire and develop.
Before we start on the process, a few things to remember: Be very precise with the measurement.Laying out the measurement is a crucial process in making a dovetail joint.It shouldn't be loose or too tight when joining the two parts together.
With the correct measurement, it will just fit all the way through.No need to put wood glue or to scr*w them together to keep it tight as it just holds by itself. Choose the right cut of wood The size of your timber will of course depend on the size of your dovetails.
When picking the cut of solid wood, make sure that it is clean and free from checks and any damages. Step-by-Step Instructions What makes dovetail joint strong and reliable is the shape, called the 'tails and pins' that are joined together.
It makes the firm grip and hold, thus virtually impossible to break.It does not generally need any mechanical fasteners to be linked unlike other joinery techniques that woodworkers also use.The tails are the triangular shape, while the pins are slender projections when tails are inserted.
Though machines have been used to make this type of joinery technique, the use of hands still produces better looking and more elaborate dovetails. Step 1 - Preparing the Timber Before starting on the cut, first begin with the layout, which is the most critical of the process.
Decide on the angle, number of tails, size and measurement of spacing of the dovetails.Typically, the widest part for the pin should be about half the thickness of your wood.Since dovetails consist of the two parts, the succeeding four steps will first walk you through making of the tails.
Step 2 - Measure the Depth of the Dovetails on both piece Using one piece (pin board), mark a line on the end of the other piece (tail board) of the timber, which is as wide as its thickness, and vice versa.
Make sure to draw the line all the way around the board...