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RenovaRita
French Dove Tailing

What exactly is the difference between regular dove tailing and French dovetailing? I've been told French dovetailing is better; is that true? The examples I've seen on the internet are few and not very informative. Thanks for any help you can provide.
RenovaRita

A. Spruce
Re: French Dove Tailing

I've never heard the term before. Cursory look it would appear that a French dovetail is the same as a sliding dovetail, a basic rabbet joint with angled cheeks to lock the perpendicular piece into place. as opposed to an English dovetail, which appears to be more of a finger joint.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: French Dove Tailing

Furniture stores coined the term "French Dovetail" to differentiate drawer construction between dovetail construction, or as they call it "English Dovetails", and sliding dovetails construction.

jack

HoustonRemodeler
Re: French Dove Tailing

Can I charge more if I call them French Dovetails ?

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