A woodworking joint must be strong to resist the stresses that will be imposed on it. The design of most joints has evolved over centuries to solve the particular problems posed by solid wood construction.

The dovetail joint is one of the more traditional joints in woodwork and is found in most high class furniture and cabinetry such as drawers, boxes or traditional timber framing. This joint is of high quality and is strong and reliable, boasting of many advantages that make it so attractive to craftsmen, for example its resistance to being pulled apart which adds to its tensile strength. It also looks great on show as a mark of quality.

There are several different types of a dovetail joint, but in its simplest form, two pieces of wood are joined together with an interlocking mechanism. The dovetail is made up of two different parts, the tails and the pins. The tails look very much like the tail of a dove and the pins slot in, in between the tails.

The dovetail joint can take some time to master, especially if crafting by hand which can prove to be a very intricate job. However, nowadays the joint can be produced using a jig and router or even a static dove-tailing machine.

If you’re about to embark on a joinery project that you’d like some advice and guidance on, contact our team today on 01743 851339.