Dovetail jigs create a strong joint between two pieces of wood, making them ideal for constructing drawers, boxes and other projects that require stable and secure joints. Dovetail joints are made from a series of tails and pins, which create a joint that is difficult to take apart from one direction and impossible from the other, so the joint is able to stay together without glue, nails or any other support.
Dovetail joints are ideal for projects that require the two pieces of wood to be constructed as surface-to-surface with the grain on both pieces running in the same direction. There are three different types of dovetails, which are used for different projects: full dovetails, half-blind dovetails and full-blind dovetails.
Also known as through dovetails, full dovetails are a type of joint that is strong and regarded as beautiful, so it is commonly used to create chests, boxes and cases. Half-blind dovetails are most commonly used to construct drawers to attach the face to the sides. Full-blind dovetails are also known as secret dovetails, and it creates a hidden dovetail joint once the pieces are assembled. Because the beauty of the joints is hidden, this type of dovetail is rarely used.
Dovetail joints can be created by-hand or through the use of a dovetail jig, and these joints work well for a large variety of woodworking projects.