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How do you make a wooden box with a dovetail joint?
Last Updated: 24th January, 2020
- Mark the thickness of the boards with a marking gauge.
- Transfer the dovetail template onto the ends of the short sides.
- Cut out and chisel the pins.
- Trace pin shape onto the ends of the long boards.
- Cut out and chisel dovetails.
- Step 6: Glue box together.
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Likewise, what tools are needed to make a dovetail joint?
Here's what you'll need for cutting a dovetail joint by hand:
- Wood blocks or lengths of wood about 3/4 inch thick by 3 inches wide by 5 inches long.
- A pencil for marking each piece of wood as needed.
- A backsaw.
- A coping saw.
- Two Chisels in 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch sizes.
- A mallet.
Also, what angle are dovetails cut? Lower (7° to 9°) angles are often advised for joining hardwoods, while higher angles (10° to 14°) are recommended for softwoods and even higher angles (14° to 18°) for half-blind dovetails.
Similarly, you may ask, how do you join two pieces of wood together?
Method 1 Making an Edge Joint
- Arrange your boards and mark them with chalk.
- Lay the boards across strips of scrap wood.
- Apply an even bead of glue along the edge of a board.
- Clamp the boards and ensure they're flush.
- Wipe away excess glue after 20 minutes.
- Allow the glue to cure overnight.
What is a dovetail joint used for?
Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint is commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front. A series of 'pins' cut to extend from the end of one board interlock with a series of 'tails' cut into the end of another board. The pins and tails have a trapezoidal shape.