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

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 12:15 PM

Although they may shear, I understand tails are on the side of the drawer because the joint has to withstand the traction each time the drawer is pulled open; in particular if the glue has failed.
(In antique furniture, build when there was no central heating, hide glue may fail due to lack of humidity and excessive shrinking of the wood) A rabbet is relying on glue only.

Drawers are sometime jammed.
Build the other way around it would unplug under traction and one would be left with just the drawer face in the hand.

Smitty, if I am not wrong, the picture 19 in the episode 3 of the “tool chest refurb” shows a pin which had failed. But it seems to be the bottom right board in picture 20 of episode 2. So it is not at the edge of the panel and it is not totally relevant to my initial quest. But it shows that pins may also fail.

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