Dovetail joints are so named from the shape of the piece which make the joint. This is propably the strongest method for joining two pieces of wood.

The strength of the dovetail joint comes from the interlocking of the parts. There is a great variety of forms of dovetail joints.

 

Beveled dovetail joint

Blind mitered dovetail joint

Curved through dovetail joint

Double dovetailed tongue and groove joint

Dovetail bridle joint

Dovetail half-lap joint

Dovetail half-lap joint with shoulder

Dovetail joint with a mitre

Dovetail key miter joint

Dovetail slip miter joint

Dovetail tenoned mitre joint

Dovetailed and wedged mortise and tenon joint

Dovetailed and wedged stub mortise and tenon joint

Dovetailed brace joint

Dovetailed key joint for wide surfaces

Dovetailed scarf joint

Dovetailed tongue and groove joint

Half-blind dovetail joint

Half-lap joint with one side dovetailed

Keyed dovetail half-lap joint

Mitered through dovetail

Outlined through dovetail joint

Routed dovetail joint

Secret lap dovetail joint

Sliding dovetail joint

Sliding half dovetail joint

Stopped dovetail half-lap joint

Stopped half-lap joint with one side dovetailed

Stopped sliding dovetail joint

Stopped sliding half-dovetail joint

Through dovetail joint

- Construction of a Dovetail bridle joint (Corner through dovetail joint)

- Construction of a plain through dovetailed joint

 

Anatomy of a through dovetail joint

Anatomy of a through dovetail joint

 

Dovetail joint angles

Dovetail joint angles

 

Space between tails and pins

Space between tails and pins