Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 1, Issue 5
July 2007
From the Archive

A Dovetail Joint Puzzle

Excerpt from The Boy Mechanic, Book 1, 1913

A simple but very ingenious example in joinery is illustrated. In the finished piece, Fig. 1, the dovetail appears on each side of the square stick of wood, the illustration, of course, shows only two sides, the other two are identical. The joint is separable and each part is solid and of one piece. In making, take two pieces of wood, preferably of contrasting colors, such as cherry and walnut or mahogany and boxwood, about 1-1/2 in. square and of any length desired. Cut the dovetail on one end of each stick as shown in Fig. 2, drive together and then plane off the triangular corners marked A. The end of each piece after the dovetails are cut appear as shown in Fig. 3, the lines marking the path of the dovetail through the stick.

A Dovetail Joint Puzzle
  How the joint is cut.

Excerpt from The Boy Mechanic, Book 1, 1913

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1913. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.


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