Simple Box with Non-Traditional Dovetail Joinery

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Project by FloridaArt posted 07-27-2014 04:36 PM 2190 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July, 2014—These “dovetails” are made with a router table, with a dovetail bit in the router. The already glued-up box goes into a jig such that the corner passes over the router bit on a 45-degree angle. I saw this in a magazine or TV show and wanted to try it. Easy with a simple jig and a fence on the router table.

The dovetail-shaped splines are made with the same router bit in the same table.

Other than the joinery, nothing special about these boxes. They were fun to make.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 07-27-2014 10:04 PM

Nice, I’ve used the same technique to reinforce some miters that I thought might come apart. It comes out nice but I almost blew through to the inside of my box!

-- Matt, California.

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 11:58 PM

These are awesome! What a gr8 way to use up some cut-offs, etc.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 12:26 AM

Nice job Art !
Those look really sharp !

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 05:02 PM

Nice boxes. Dovetails are nice looking too!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 01:21 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments.

msurvilo – I always worry too about breaking through to the inside of the box when cutting the dovetail splines. So far, after just a few boxes I have not had that happen. It has occurred to me that breaking through might actually be a feature if I ever want a upper tray to sit on them. I wonder how it would look?

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#6 posted 08-10-2014 09:52 PM

Nice boxes and really like the feet Art.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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