Asked by: Jennell Hainisch
asked in category: General Last Updated: 8th June, 2020

How tight should dovetail joints be?

Lee Grindinger: The dovetails should be properly snug. Both pieces will move in the same manner, so the pins and tails will not be working against each other. The only time a problem could arise is if the direction of grain in the pieces is different, and if this is the case, a dovetail is not a good choice of joints.

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Also, do you glue dovetail joints?

Dovetail joints show the care and craftsmanship applied to woodworking projects. A few simple gluing and assembly tips make dovetail joint easier to put together. While the joints are dry, fit the pieces 2/3 to 3/4 of the way into place to ensure that the pieces will fit together.

Likewise, how do you glue a half blind dovetail joint? Apply a small bead of glue like this in each socket, but don't apply glue to the tails. Any more glue than this and you'll have a mess to clean up. Glue and clamp the drawer together. Notched clamping blocks are used to apply pressure to the joints and ensure the tails seat completely in the sockets.

how do you fill gaps in wood joints?

First fill the gap with a small amount of wood glue, then rub sawdust into the gap. The key here is to make sure the sawdust is from the wood project you are currently working on so the color matches. After the sawdust is rubbed in, use fine grade sandpaper to finish off the repair.

How do dovetails work?

Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint is commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front. A series of 'pins' cut to extend from the end of one board interlock with a series of 'tails' cut into the end of another board. The pins and tails have a trapezoidal shape.

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