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    dovetails

    Making a chest with hand dovetail corners, having a memory lapse! Viewing from the front, what should be predominent. the tails or the pins? To put it n
    another way, should my half pins be on the front or the sides or does it matter?
    Hope this makes sense.
    Gerry

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    traditionally with drawers, the tails are visible from the side, not the front. From a physics standpoint, this is the strongest orientation for a dovetail given the pulling forces on the joint when a darwer is operated.
    Jason Beam
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    I would think on a chest you would would want the tails on the front and back, both from a functional and aesthetic point. Most chests are lifted by handles on the sides, which is where your stress points would be. I think you would also want to showcase the tails.

    By the way, welcome to the forum!!!

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    thanks guys, two very good replies. now i'm really confused, anybody else got input?

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    tails on the front and back...

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    Well, I'm going to offer a bit different opinion. I would make half blind dovetails so the joinery doesn't show from the front - only from the side. If you have some nice wood for the front, show off the character in the wood. The dovetails will distract people's attention from the wood to the joinery. And your dovetails on each side will still demonstrate your craftsmanship to those who know good construction.

    Mike
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    What...you guys are crazy. :-) If you are making a chest for your wife, daughter or daughter-in-law you got to use LOVETAILS and with that, you definitely want to see them straight on.

    I bet you are totally confused now!! :-)
    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!"

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    I guess there is not an etched in stone rule on dovetails. I'll probably go with how the moment strikes me; Thanks All, Gerry

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