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Posted on Dovetail: half-pins or half-tails on the edge?

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#1 posted 570 days ago

About the only reason I can think of is when you open a drawer and look down at the top edges of the front & sides, if you have a half pin, the front looks like it goes all the way to the corner, but if you had a half tail, the side would.

Here's a Roy Underhill episode where he looks at an old tool chest with the dovetails done “backwards”.

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