Hello to the ng,
I am building a cradle for my first child who is expected in February.
It will be constructed of 3/4 cherry and approximately 18 inches
wide, 36 inches long, and 20 inches high. My hand cutting of pine and
poplar dovetail drawers has progressed to the point that I think I'm
capable of testing my skills on this heirloom project. Thus, the
sides and ends of the cradle will be joined with hand cut through
My question concerns the sizing of the dovetails. Given the size of
the cradle, my first thought was that 4 or 5 large dovetails (pins
approximately 1 1/2 inches wide on the outside) would match the
overall scale of the piece. After viewing the layout however, I
thought 8 or 10 smaller dovetails (pins approximately 3/4 inches wide
on the outside) would be structurally sounder.
Is this correct or is the sizing of a dovetail more of an aesthetic or