By Matthew Teague Posted February 18, 2012 In Feature Articles, Shop Blog Tapered Sliding Dovetails by Router2012-02-182012-07-18https://www.popularwoodworking.com/wp-content/uploads/popwood_logos-01.pngPopular Woodworking Magazinehttps://www.popularwoodworking.com/wp-content/uploads/PW_APR12_COVER150.jpg200px200px 8 For the James Krenov-style hanging cabinet I built out of cherry for the April 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine I used tapered sliding dovetails to join the case. For a step-by-step slideshow of how to use a router to cut these joints, click on the video player below: – Matthew Teague Dovetails, Matthew Teague, PWM Shop Blog Matthew Teague Matthew is a former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Recommended PostsTool Test: Makita Cordless Track Saw with BluetoothWatching Frank Klausz Never Gets Old – Effortless DovetailsHow to Cut Dovetails with a Keller Jig Showing 8 comments jc-ce February 27, 2012 I used this technique this weekend and it surely made making a tapered dovetail much easier than my previous attempts. I used this to install vertical drawer dividers in a chest I am building. I had an initial issue with layout as these are tapered on one side only, but once a got over my brain cramp it was easy to do. lfkerby February 25, 2012 Nice idea. One thing that seems to have been left out of the description and photo sequence is to make sure that you shim the right side of the shelf when routing the tapered dovetail. Since only one edge of the dovetail slot has a taper, your shelf will not be level if you taper the wrong surface. metalworkingdude February 22, 2012 how about a tutorial on doing this with hand tools, no power tools? tutorwood63 February 21, 2012 Hi Matt Thanks for the video of the tapered sliding dovetail technique. I have a different technique for making sliding dovetails shown on my blog site which utilizes a router held in the horizontal position rather than a router table to cut the tails. I’ve made a number of large cabinets using this technique and have not encountered and major problems with binding. My blog address is http://www.tutorwood.com if you want to check it our. I’d be interested to get your opinion. Cheers Bryan Fred West February 19, 2012 Matthew, thank you for showing this. This is just my opinion but I would much prefer you write out the text and show the build live. As I say merely my own opinion and I am sure that many disagree. Fred Matthew Teague February 19, 2012 Video would probably be my preference too, but as I’m often single-handed in the shop still shots are much more manageable (and probably safer too). Written instructions should be on the newsstand (or hopefully in your mailbox) soon, by the way; I walk through the whole process in the April issue. Thanks for watching. Mitch Wilson February 19, 2012 Nice, concise explanation of how to make this joint. Very helpful photos, as well. What taper dovetail bit did you use; 7, 10, 14 degree or something else? Matthew Teague February 19, 2012 Thanks Mitch. I used a 1/2″ x 1/2″ 14 degree bit (Whiteside D14-55), but any 1/2″ x 1/2″ bit should work fine. I usually keep the 14 degree bit on hand because I also use it to dovetail drawers at the router table. For that task I like the 14 degree bit because it is narrower at the start of the cutter, which looks better on drawers. But I digress. . . .