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Re: New approach to half blind dovetails

William Duffield
Oh no! That's an alternative definition of "half blind." I hopoe you recover soon.

There are alternatives for recovering the drawer side, if it is something more complicated than a straight, flat piece of poplar, or if you are working on repairing an antique. You can cut a slot in the drawer side a bit bigger than the tail and a couple of inches long into the drawer where the tail was attached. A saw, chisels and a router plane or a router with a straight bit work for this. Then glue in a block of wood and remark, recut and refit the tail.

This technique might be worth practicing on a simple sock drawer. :) :) Pulling the tail out by the roots is much more likely to happen on fragile London pattern dovetails and overloaded, swolen drawers.

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