Dovetail Keys

Small wood "keys" create the traditional look of a dovetail joint -- without all the work. Plus, they add strength to the mitered corners of a box.

One big advantage of dovetail-shaped “keys” (splines) running across the miter in the corner of a box is they help strengthen the miter joint. That’s because they’re glued into slots that are routed across the miters. But in addition to providing extra strength, the keys also produce a striking corner detail when made with contrasting wood.

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What You Get:

  • 2 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • 19 full-color photos and illustrations
  • Full plans to build a jig to cut the dovetails

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