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This article is about the Dovetail joint woodworking technique. For the Chicago based band by the same name, see Dovetail Joint

The sides of this Jewellery box have been joined using dovetailsA dovetail joint or simply dovetail is a woodworking joinery technique. Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint is commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front. A series of pins cut to extend from the end of one board interlock with a series of tails cut into the end of another board. The pins and tails have a trapezoidal shape. Once glued, the joint is permanent, and requires no mechanical fasteners.

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The dovetail joint probably pre-dates written history. Some of the earliest known examples of the dovetail joint are in furniture entombed with mummies dating from First Dynasty of ancient

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Egypt, as well the tombs of Chinese emperors.


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