Dovetailed Halving Joint

This joint has more mechanical strength than the normal halving joint and is typically used in carcassing for the rail between the two sides of a chest of drawers. Because of the shape of the tail, it will - strongly resist being pulled apart along the direction of the rail.

3 Mark the housing for the tail in the same way as the tail itself. Remove the waste with a bevel-edged chisel using a slicing action.

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Making a dovetailed, halving joint.

Halving Joint
2 Use a bevel-edged chisel to remove the rest of the unwanted wood.

1 Mark a line on all four sides of the end of one of the pieces, corresponding to the width of the part to which it will be joined. With a marking gauge, scribe a centre line around the end where the joint is to be formed. Use a sliding bevel to mark the profile of the tail shape. The slope of the sides of the tail is 6:1.

2 Using a tenon saw, cut along all the lines to form the tail.

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