Dating antique furniture dovetails
This makes it difficult to pull the joint apart and virtually impossible when glue is added.This type of joint is used in box constructions such as drawers, jewellery boxes, cabinets and other pieces of furniture where strength is required.
The joint is strong especially when used with a good quality glue such as PVA (woodworker's adhesive) or cascamite.
The marking out and cutting procedure is outlined below.
Another method to implement a tapered sliding dovetail would be to taper the tail instead of the socket.
Many people ask us how to tell the difference between dovetails that are cut by hand and those that are cut by machine. Just have a look at these pictures: The picture on the left is an example of machine-cut dovetails. The dovetails on the right, however, have been cut by hand, and are narrower, tapered, and fewer.
Half-blind dovetails are commonly used to fasten drawer fronts to drawer sides.