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Forum topic by raydizzle posted 02-13-2012 06:42 AM 2429 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2012 06:42 AM

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the notches on the work to strengthen the cracks

It looks like a stand alone dovetail, I was just wondering if it had a special name?

Also, read this article and video if you guys haven’t seen it yet. Very inspiring to me because I’d like to reach his level someday.

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 07:03 AM


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#2 posted 02-13-2012 07:06 AM

Check out that article also. Really good read

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 07:34 AM

Are they not also called Bow Tie joint?

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 08:18 AM

I’ve heard them called ‘Dutchmen’ as well, butterfly is the most common name Ive heard.

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 08:53 AM

Bow tie works as well.
They actually look more like bow ties than butterflies.
But, I’ve always heard them called butterflies or dovetail keys.
Well, dovetail keys are more closely associated with mitered corners.

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 09:01 AM

butterfly and bow tie
both name that inlay

a ‘dutchman’ is any inlay done in boat building
to repair crushed or broken wood
it has no specific shape
but the ‘cutout’ it replaces
and is not necessarily used to join wood
although it can be
as in situations like the above

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 12:23 AM

Hand Inlay of a Bowtie-Dutchman

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 12:43 AM

Black Widow Key …......when you need more dangerous sounding terminology to impress the layman ,or if you are just goofy like me.

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