No, we are not talking about birds! You may have heard the term dovetail, dovetail joint or mortise and tenon joinery. All of these are referring to methods used to join sections of wood together that are most commonly found in high quality, custom furniture and cabinetry.
Details of dovetail joints
A dovetail joint is created by cutting a series of triangular points on one side of a drawer or door that correspond to cutouts on the other side. When properly cut, these pieces will fit together like a puzzle, creating a strong connection or joint.
Alternative types of joinery
If some instances a dovetail joint is not the best solution. For example, items crafted from plywood that has many layers of thin wood glued together would not respond well to the cutting necessary to create the dovetail. Other methods to consider :
A top quality, high end piece of furniture can be identified by the use of fine construction techniques, including joinery method used, finishes and other designer details such as specialized painting, custom hardware and unique designs. So next time you are shopping for that special piece be sure to take the time to check for these details that will help you identify a quality piece that you can enjoy for many years to come.