What is a dovetail joint used for?

Answer Dovetail joints are carpentry joints constructed by interlocking wedge-shaped segments called "tails" and "pins." The tail portion, which looks like a dove's spread tail, fits into the pin portion.... Read More »

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Who invented the dovetail joint?

The earliest examples of the dovetail joint predate written history, so there is no way to know for sure who first invented it. Early examples of the dovetail joint have been found in tombs dating ... Read More »

What is the common pitch or angle used to create a lapped dovetail joint?

The slope for lapped dovetail joints (as well as regular dovetail joints) is usually 1:6 for softwoods or 1:8 for hardwood, though some people do 1:7 for both so that they can use the same template... Read More »

How to Use a Sears Dovetail Jig?

A Sears dovetail jig is a reversible template that sits atop a base with a pair of clamping systems that hold the wood to receive the dovetail joints. The pins and tails of the dovetail joint are c... Read More »

How to Setup & Use a Dovetail Jig?

A dovetail jig is a template that is used with a woodworking router to cut precise pins and tails of a dovetail joint. While there are a number of styles of dovetail jigs, set-up and use is similar... Read More »