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#1 posted 01-26-2012 07:28 PM

Hi Rich,

I do not use any form of a dovetail jig. I have a small, cheap, template style jig, used it once, just because I was curious. I have not cut a large number of dove tails by hand but the ones I have done have been a very satifying experience. I love to use a good back saw and sharp chisels for half blind dove tails. (call me strange but I love it).

I agree with you…. dovetails on drawers are great but other solutions are great for this too. I choose how to join the drawers together depending on what I am building.

A lot of times I make my drawer sides from 1/2 inch BB ply, the front and back from 5/8 poplar, use 3 or 4, 2 inch long screws and glue to secure it at the corners, and then place a walnut plug in the screw hole. I think this looks great, its fast and easy and I will bet you that this is very bit as strong as any other option. I should also mention, that for the method I describe above, the drawer front is “applied” to the front of the drawer box after the box is completed. For an “inside fit” drawer, I will used the hand cut, half blind dove tail or the “drawer rabbit”.

For the last couple of years I have been building Greene and Greene style items, so on these drawers I use the box (or I like to call it “the Big Knuckle joint”) and I show it off. I am always amazed at how people almost always comment on the exposed knuckle joint on the drawers.

Thanks for the discussion topic.

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