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Pocket hole jig or dovetail joint? Which is the stronger joint

Pocket hole jig or dovetail joint? Which is the stronger woodworking joint? Get the answer here…

Here at Gifkins we often get asked what are the strongest woodworking joints to use. So, in this latest series we tackle the strength of a dovetail joint, compared to a pocket hole jig joint.

We see, from time to time, a lot of products entering the market that claim to be many things. So lets look at some pros and cons for each joint:

Pocket Hole Jig

Image sourced from Wikipedia

Pocket hole jig joint pros and cons

– Does not require complex measurements
– Can be quick
– Simple to use
– Joints can break far easier the more conventional joints
– Once broken the joint cannot be repaired
– Really is just a short term fix


Dovetail jointDovetail joint pros and cons

– Extremely strong timber joint
– No nails or screws needed
– Classic looking and very common
– Gifkins Dovetail jigs make it so simple
– Making dovetails by hand can be hard for a beginner
– Without the Gifkins jig you can get misalignment

So, in conclusion we can see in the image above, how the interlocking pins and tails make for an extremely strong jointing method. The dovetail joint is one of the most attractive woodworking joints; and combined with different timber species can give a very satisfying result. From Chinese emperors to ancient Egyptians dovetail joints have been known to exist.

For further information on history and types of dovetail joints, visit this link.

Pocket Hole Jig or Dovetail Joint?

See Col from Gifkins giving a great demonstration on how to use the dovetail jig here.

For a great range of the Gifkins dovetail jigs CLICK HERE.

Pocket Hole Jig or Dovetail Joint?