One of the most widely used and highly renowned joints used for connecting two pieces of wood is through dovetail. Even though most of the through dovetail joints are beautiful and strong, they cannot be considered as the most aesthetic choice in certain instances. For example, when wood crafters are trying to connect the sides of a drawer directly to its front, they prefer not to use through dovetail joints. This is because the ends of the dovetails might show through the front of the drawer, which might negatively affect the aesthetic look of the drawer.

In such cases, it is best to use a half-blind dovetail joint instead of going for other types. A half-blind dovetail can be referred to as a type of joint, in which half of the joint remains hidden to viewers while the remaining half is clearly visible. Half-blind dovetail joints are almost as strong as through dovetails yet they are not that commonly used as the latter.

The conventional method used for creating half-blind dovetails is very similar to the method of creating through dovetails. However, there are a few points that you will need to consider when you are designing half-blind dovetails to join wood pieces.

Points to Consider

The portion of the pin board that you must not cut is known as the lap. Experienced woodworkers highly recommend newbies and amateur wood crafters to adjust the length of the lap to a value less than 1/8 inches, as this will add more strength to the joint and make it highly durable. Below are a few steps that will help you to create half-blind dovetails.

  • Carefully plane the ends of the wooden pieces.
  • Mark the tail’s length and then create a shoulder line at the right length around the tailboard.
  • Cut the tails after marking them at the angle of your choice.
  • Use a bevel-edged chisel to remove the waste between the tails.
  • Align the shoulder cuts with the pin board’s shape and then mark the pins on the board.
  • Cut the marked pins and remove the waste from the wood piece once again.
  • Test the fit of the joint and trim more pins from the wood if necessary.

Half-blind dovetail joineries are a great choice for woodworks such as drawers, bookshelves, and other furniture used in a home. Although used as a substitute for the aesthetic matter, they are assembled in the same way as through dovetail joints.