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When the joint is expertly executed, it is a thing of beauty, and a secure joining of two boards that can last for centuries.A little glue cements the connection, and a good dovetail joint has great strength and durability.Tiny angled saw cuts were followed by careful cutting by a sharpened chisel on both sides to avoid splintering.One board had tiny tails, and the other had the larger pins, carefully measured to match and fit together exactly.

Hand made screws and nails were relatively expensive and could rust and expand, sometimes cracking the wood they secured. Dovetails have great strength, holding pieces of wood in perfect alignment over long periods of time.This lavishly hand-carved cabinet from about 1890 shows structural dovetail joints on the back side.