Power-tool Joinery: Sliding Dovetails

Strong and versatile, this joint is simple to make with a router.
By Bill Hylton
Pages: 30-32

From the December 2004 issue #145
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For the woodworker who builds furniture and cabinets, the sliding dovetail is a joint well worth mastering. It’s strong and versatile, with myriad applications, from case construction to leg-and-rail joinery.

I’m sure you’ve seen drawings of the joint. It’s a hybrid of the dado and the dovetail, with a groove in one part and a tongue on the other. Naturally, the tongue fits the groove. But because both the groove walls and the tongue sides are angled like a dovetail, the joint has to be assembled by sliding the tongue into the groove from one end. There are several advantages here.

From the December 2004 issue #145
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