Methods[ edit ] The dovetail joint is very strong because of the way the 'tails' and 'pins' are shaped. 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. It is a difficult joint to make manually, requiring skilled workmanship.
What Is A Dovetail Joint? Types of Dovetail Joinery
As solid as dovetails, Knapp joint solidly dates antique furniture drawers - Antique Trader
Through dovetail joints are most commonly used on box construction and carcass framework of the piece. This joint is also called a plain dovetail by many in the woodworking community. In the past the ends showing through would have been masked by a veneer. Today they are a sign of exceptional quality and are left showing with pride. Though dovetail joints are referred to as English dovetail joints in the case of drawer construction.
Receive a free digital download of Antique Trader magazine when you sign up to receive our free e-newsletters. Fred Taylor May 26, In an effort to determine the range of the age of a piece of furniture, we have the beginnings of a built-in time line if the piece has drawers. The concept of the modern chest of drawers as we know it, a case containing a series of more or less matching drawers, became a reality in the latter part of the 17th century. Of course single drawers and combinations of drawers were made earlier but appeared usually as an adjunct to the lift top or dower chest which was the most common chest type in the that century.
One way to do this is from the dovetail joints used in its construction. More often than not the dovetails are age appropriate, and this article will explain what a dovetail is, and what to look for in a period piece to correctly date it. What is a dovetail joint? A dovetail is a common type of joint used to connect pieces of wood together.