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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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.