I have a question for you joinery experts about gluing up drawers with half blind dovetail joints. Some of my joints have come out with absolutely zero clearance. Some tapping is required to get it together and the joint sides align perfectly with the edges of the drawer front. I’m concerned that if I have glue on the sides of the socket, that glue will get pushed to the bottom and prevent the joint from going all the way together.
I can think of few possible ways to proceed:
1: Only put glue on the sides of the tails. That way the glue will only come out of the joint rather than being forced in. This might result in poor glue strength.
2: Cut away a little chamfer from the inside edges of the tails to leave room for glue that might get trapped.
3. Go ahead and use plenty of glue. If the tails won’t go all the way in, just run the sides across the jointer to trim flush.
Of course I’m keen to hear other solutions. What say you?
Thanks in advance,