Popular Woodworking 2004-08 № 142, страница 51

Popular Woodworking 2004-08 № 142, страница 51

Sliding Dovetails

Two router bits with guides and a simple shop-made jig make three variations of this joint a snap.

One of the defining features of 17th- and 18th-century furniture is the dovetailed horizontal case divider. Case dividers are the rails that separate the drawers, or the door and drawer sections. Attaching these dividers to a case's sides using sliding dovetails is probably the strongest way possible to assemble a carcase.

However, reproducing this detail is daunting to many woodworkers. Not only is a sliding dovetail seen as complex joinery, but it can be made in different ways. The basic sliding dovetail, shouldered sliding dovetail and through sliding dovetail (shouldered or not) are just a few of the options.

by Glen Huey

Glen builds custom furniture in Middletown, Ohio, for Malcolm L. Huey & Son, teaches woodworking and is a contributing editor for Popular Woodworking. He also is the author of two books, "Building Fine Furniture" and "Fine Furniture for a Lifetime" (Popular Woodworking Books). See more of his work at hueyfurniture.com.

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