dovetails philosphies

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Any advantage to using dovetails on drawers made from birch ply? Is the extra strength worth the effort?
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I've done it using a Leigh jig. You have to back up the plywood with scrap to protect the veneer. The drawers were for a friend and it was worth it for the wow! value. I'm not sure it was worth it otherwise.
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Advantage compared to what?
Dovetails versus brad-joined butt joint--yes, worth the effort.
Dovetails versus well-fit finger joints--not any better with modern glues, but is it any harder to cut?
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"Renata" wrote in message

Mechanically, over other well founded joinery methods, no.
Aesthetically, perhaps ... even those who know _absolutely_ nothing about woodworking, immediately recognize dovetails and will remark upon them ... and those who remark, remember.
It's your decision.
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Renata wrote:

Dovetails developed when furniture outlived the glue. A dovetail with a failed glueline will still hang together.
With modern glues (and modern furniture lifetimes) this isn't so relevant. A finger joint is just as strong, because the glue is doing more work than any wedging action. It's also easier to cut fingers, so that's what I'd do.
I only ever hand-cut dovetails. If I bother to use dovetails, then it's because I'm trying to do the best hand work I can (and usually dovetails thinner then routed ones). If I use the router jig or the table saw, it's for finger joints.
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