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#1 posted 09-27-2020 11:39 PM

sliding dovetails are tricky to get right and if they’re too tight because you’re hurrying the wood can split or worse. Tracking down the high spots can be tricky and glue may be less satisfying at filling the gaps than you’d hope.

Consider the half sliding dovetail where one side can be fitted with a hand plane. You can scoop out the middle a bit so it’s tight at the ends if they show but has enough play in the middle getting the pieces together are easier. It’s like twice as easy as sliding dovetails, which are not easy imo. I’m a guy who goes for dowels though, having largely got over the appeal of fancier joinery.

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