If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.
Joinery, or how furniture is put together, may not be a sexy subject, but it is an important one. Recognizing the type of joinery on a piece of furniture can help you spot quality furniture and even identify an antique. Last Design Dictionary covered mortise and tenon joinery. This time we will look at dovetail joints.
What is a dovetail joint?
DOVETAIL JOINT: A method of joining boards at the ends, typically where two planes intersect such as at the end of a drawer or on the body of a case piece, with interlocking, flaring wedge-shaped projections. Also seen on table tops and in floors as a butterfly shaped inset to join boards length wise. Furniture makers began using it around 1700.