Sliding Dovetail

The sliding dovetail has built-in mechanical strength (instead of glue alone) to help hold the joint tightly. As with the dado (above), leaving the sides long at the back will give you access to the full depth of the drawer when it's open.

Shoulder helps keep the drawer square.

Vi in. extra length at back

Shoulder helps keep the drawer square.

Vi in. extra length at back

Vi in. extra length at back

Key should extend into at least half the thickness of the drawer side.

The sliding dovetail has built-in mechanical strength (instead of glue alone) to help hold the joint tightly. As with the dado (above), leaving the sides long at the back will give you access to the full depth of the drawer when it's open.

Vi in. extra length at back

Key should extend into at least half the thickness of the drawer side.

Solid wood and plywood are the most common materials used for drawer bottoms. A solid-wood panel will expand and contract with humidity changes, so it must be sized and installed to allow for that movement. A plywood bottom offers a more stable (and simple) option, but traditionalists see it as thin and bland.

Bottom sits in grooves in front and sides.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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