What are the advantages of a dovetail joint?

Advantages of a dovetail joint

Dovetails are a beautiful joinery feature, particularly when contrasting timbers are used to highlight the joints.

When using a jig, the specific design of the template and matching cutters ensures a perfect fit.

A dovetail joint is a strong joint. Dovetails cut into the sides of a drawer will ensure that the front face of the drawer will not pull away.

The interlocking dovetail joint has a large gluing area, further adding to its strength.

Disadvantages of a dovetail joint

Hand cut dovetail joints require precise handsaw and chisel skills, and can be fiddly to mark out and cut.

If dovetail joints are poorly made they will lose the advantage of strength and durability.

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