I make my lovetails by hand, but they are a little different then what the link is showing, because the ones I make are done with the hearts facing right side up when you view them from the side of a drawer. You also have to plan the ones I make a bit as they can only work on a drawer one way due to the pulling effect.
The interesting thing is, I learned to make lovetails long before I could make dovetails. I am not sure which is easier to make though, both have their strong and weak points. The hardest part about making them is getting the layout right, and as you can see in the picture, I messed up on these as the hearts are not spaced perfectly in the height of the drawer. (my bad I know). Its tough because the perfect heart shape is 2/3 longer then it is wide, so the center of the heart is kind of deceiving to find when you got a row of them.
Here is a picture of some lovetails that I made on my daughters train-shaped cradle. I used the lovetails in the drawers underneath the locomotive cab. As a side note, it looks like the hearts are merely painted on, but what you are seeing is the end grain forming the hearts and they are darker because it sucked up the stain from being end grain wood. These are chiseled out of the solid wood that forms the front of the drawer. The sides of the drawer is a heart shaped socket. Glue keeps everything together, but as you can see the drawer has to be made this way, that way as you pull on the handle, the heart shaped pins pull against the sockets on the side boards of the drawer. If the hearts were the other way, you would only be relying on glue to keep them together.
Last edited by Travis Johnson; 09-27-2009 at 10:58 AM.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"