Half Dovetailed Stretcher

I decided to use a dovetailed joint for the bottom rail.  It took a little time, but will go faster the next time now that I’ve done it once.  It would look better if I hadn’t chamfered the rail that it was going into.  Oh well, live and learn.

partial desk (1 of 1)


9 thoughts on “Half Dovetailed Stretcher”

    1. I assume you’re referring to cutting the tail part of the dovetail. Ok .. the back story. So I had marked out the whole tail using my marking knife and went to make the knife wall with my chisel for my saw kerf and the waste popped off. Surprise, surprise!

      So I cleaned it up with my chisel and ta da! I had a dovetail. THEN I used the tail to mark out the socket.

  1. Wow, I just found your blog. Wandered over here somehow or another from the Hand Tool School. I am impressed by your blog, craftsmanship, and camera work lol! I fell asleep catching up on your blog, woke up and finished it and then you just happened to post this article as I was searching fro more to devour. Keep up the awesome stuff!

    1. Gee thanks! Glad you’re enjoying it. Hope I’m not responsible for putting you to sleep. 😉

      Really happy you found something useful too. There’s so much to learn and remember. My blog is really my memory bank.

      1. I wish I could have stayed up longer lol. Definitely was not your blog that put me out!

  2. That looks like a tough one, you pulled it off nicely! If the chamfer bothers you then you could re-make the stretcher and make the female part of the joint housed. Just be sure to document it so I can learn how to do that 🙂

  3. Hi Marilyn
    I like the desk project and look forward to its completion. I just have a few questions. First, how will you attach the top to the base? How do you plan to finish the desk? Will you be installing a lock a single drawer or a mechasim that will lock multiple drawers? Last, where will you purchase these locks? Thank you again for sharing this project build.

    1. Thanks so much!

      I’ll be attaching the table using the hole I put in the rail/sides of the case and stretchers using these: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=784&site=ROCKLER

      I need a tough finish so I’ll be finishing with 3 to 4 coats of Daly’s Profin: http://www.dalyspaint.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=5

      I’m not planning on installing locks. We don’t really need them. I haven’t really purchased this item before, so I don’t really have any recommendations. I know that Chris Schwarz has installed several of these so you might check his site for recommendations.

      Thanks for the questions!

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