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Forum topic by acol posted 02-17-2014 09:57 PM 5343 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2014 09:57 PM

Has anyone got any good suggestions for aesthetically pleasing alternatives to dovetails?

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#1 posted 02-17-2014 10:18 PM

finger joint?

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 10:26 PM

+1 to finger joint.

Pinned rabbits
Keyed miters

I did a set of boxes not long ago with pinned rabbited corner posts, looked nice.

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 10:35 PM

Google images

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 10:56 PM

corner splines are quick and painless….and look good

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#5 posted 02-18-2014 03:17 AM

Double dovetails!

How to here

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#6 posted 02-18-2014 03:31 AM

You have to stack those bat house pieces to put them together, don’t you?

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#7 posted 02-25-2014 07:22 PM

Assuming you are asking about end grain to end grain joints, your options are:

Through DTs
Full blind DTs
Half Blind DTs
Finger/box joints – anything from many narrow fingers to 3 or 4 huge fingers that are pinned.
Simple pinning


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#8 posted 02-25-2014 07:36 PM

Locking Rabbet -

Sometimes can add a contrasting dowel to add interest
For interest – if it is rustic, can use a cut/forged nails for interest – but still have a good glue joint in place.

Or go French Dovetail (basically just a sliding dovetail) so you see the Tail on the top of the drawer instead of the side

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#9 posted 02-25-2014 08:06 PM

Even a rabbeted corner reinforced with dowels looks nice.

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#10 posted 02-25-2014 10:17 PM

@ JJ

Yes they stack one on top of the other I had a 1/16” gap between the pieces which I caulked, after I pocket screwed each end together. This made the whole thing very sturdy with titebond III in the dovetails.
I could have used glue alone but I was in a hurry to get-er-done so the pocket screws doubled as clamps.

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#11 posted 02-25-2014 10:35 PM

Lock miter is another option.

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