Dovetail Drawer Advantages

If you’re searching for the advantages of dovetail joints when considering which type of drawer boxes to purchase, this post should help.  Dovetail Drawers are a common concept in the professional bath and kitchen cabinetry industry. But not one that all homeowners are familiar with.  What a dovetail joint is usually only comes up when deciding which type is best for their bathroom or kitchen.

Dovetail Drawers have long been the standard in premium cabinet making. Despite the appeal and popularity, not many people are sure of what they exactly are.  Let us explain further what a dovetail joint is and why they are the premium drawer box option.

What Are Dovetail Drawers?


The term “Dovetail Drawer” pertains to a particular design structure of the drawer, where the drawer compartment is made of solid wood and a dovetail joint secures the sides of the drawer with its front. This distinctive joint that resembles pieces from a jigsaw puzzle perpendicularly joined together at the drawers outside corners makes dovetail drawers easily recognizable.

There are several benefits to designing a drawer to have this structure, some of which we’ll outline further in the article.

Considered a premium drawer option among homeowners, dovetail drawers differ from regular drawers in how they’re constructed and the kind of joint they use is exclusive to dovetail drawers. Some drawer manufacturers even use Dovetail Joints on pull out shelves. This particular joint is called a locking joint, and comprises of wedge-shaped cuts at the end of the wooden frame that fit into each other from each side, forming a box. These cuts, or pins and tails as they’re called, form an incredibly strong and resistant box when they fit into each other. The joint is so strong, in fact, that even when the drawer breaks, it rarely breaks from the area of the joint.

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Large Surface Area


It’s not just the mechanics of the locking joint that make it so durable, but also the large surface area it provides to apply glue on, and this increased amount of glue between the joints enhances the drawer’s durability and strength.

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Dovetail Drawer Design


The design of the joint also allows for increased storage space, and even more so in English dovetails, which are the ones that attract most popularity and easily become a part of all kinds of furniture. French dovetail drawers lean towards the specialty and luxury furniture market with pieces that have curved fronts, and joints on the drawer sides shaped such that they slide upwards and fit in a trench shaped opening running through the front piece.

English Dovetail

English Dovetail JointThe English Dovetail is one where you can see the ends of the adjoining pieces at the corners of the drawers.  This is the premium type of dovetail joint design as it is the tightest and longest lasting joint.  The English Dovetail makes the joint at the very edge of the wood, which means you get the most space inside the drawer.  In the finest drawers and furniture you will find the English Dovetail as it’s simply stronger and better looking.

French Dovetail

French Dovetail JointThe French Dovetail differs greatly from the English Dovetail. Instead of having numerous “fingers” that joint to create an incredibly strong corner the French dovetail is 1 channel cut in board A and board B is shaped to fit in that channel.  This design is simply inferior as it hinges the durability of the drawer on thin edges of wood inside the channel.  French dovetail joints also must be made a distance in from the corner of the wood, which means the drawers are more narrow or not as deep.

Sliding Dovetail

Believe it or not all dovetail joints are sliding dovetail joints.  Dovetail joints are by nature and definition those where two pieces of wood are machined to have corresponding sections that slide together.  So all dovetail drawers are sliding dovetail joints.  With that said a lot of consumers call the French Dovetail a “sliding joint” as it does slide together further.

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Dovetail Drawer Joints


As mentioned earlier, the way the joints are constructed is what makes dovetail drawers unique, and this is also what brings its advantages. These locking joints enable the drawer to be stronger and sturdier, at the same time offering a larger storage space.Although often seen as a standard for good quality drawers, this isn’t always the case. With a variety of different drawer constructions, you should assess the drawers’ sturdiness and storage capacity when on the lookout for the right drawers for your cabinets.

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Dovetail Advantages Over Other Drawers


Dovetail drawers take the lead against ordinary drawers as the locking joints ensure that the drawer sides and front are securely held together, forming a durable bond that easily withstands minor wear and damage. Not all wooden drawers are made of solid wood, with your average drawer comprising of particleboard planks stapled together, but dovetail drawers are, which becomes an immediate advantage as people can be confident while making a purchase that the drawers are a hundred percent wood.This wood goes through a sanding, buffing and finishing process before it is cut with precision to fit in the locking joint. This results in an end product that is sturdy and durable but also stunning to look at, and a trademark of pure craftsmanship.

While dovetail drawers remain the standard for hundreds of years, the industrial revolution and modern advancements gave way to much faster and cheaper mass production of particleboard drawers with pieces stapled together by industrial machines. What came out of this was certainly an economical product, but one which lacked the durability, the refinement and the uniqueness of the dovetail drawer.

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Biggest Advantages Of Dovetail Drawers

There are 3 key advantages to quality dovetail joints when constructing drawers or furniture.  These advantages are primarily about the English Dovetail Joint, as it is the standard for the highest quality and most durable woodwork.


1. Sturdiness: 

As the sides of the drawer seamlessly fit into the front, this creates a strong bond that glued or stapled drawers can’t match. The use of solid wood rather than thin and less sturdy particle boards in making drawer boxes also enhances the durability and strength of the drawer.The perfect integration of solid wood and a locking joint in the drawer makes for a premium drawer that ordinary drawers can’t compare to.

2. Durability: 

As mentioned above, the solid wood and the locking joint enhance the drawer’s durability and make for a drawer that could easily last a lifetime. Whereas regular drawers have drawer glides on each side, open to wear and tear, dovetail drawers feature glides underneath the drawer box. Since they are the only part of the drawer that takes the brunt of the work and consequential wear, the best place for them is underneath the drawer, which is exactly where the dovetail drawer puts them.

3. Craftsmanship:

Due to the amount of detail, precision, and craftsmanship that goes into the production of a dovetail, they have a premium feel to them that is still considered a standard in luxury cabinet making. Those with a refined taste will appreciate the drawers’ seamless construction and how smoothly it slides in and out of the cabinet.To ensure a premium drawer that looks stunning and works without a flaw, dovetail drawers need to be crafted with utmost precision, focus and above all, patience; all of which makes way for a product superior than most its counterparts.

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Conclusion


Although there are many consideration and features that factor in on how long your cabinet fixtures are going to last, an important one is dovetail drawers. Their quality and durability is rarely matched, and they are sure to enhance the performance and the lifespan of your cabinetry.

More About DC Drawers (Drawer Connection)

At Drawer Connection, our philosophy is to “give customers the drawer quality they deserve at a price they can afford.” And we have been doing just that since 1997. We provide our customers with the highest quality materials, craftsmanship and customer service. Our dedication to exceeding your expectations ensures that you will receive a high-quality product, complete to your specifications, and on time.

At Drawer Connection, our philosophy is to “give customers the drawer quality they deserve at a price they can afford.” And we have been doing just that since 1997. We provide our customers with the highest quality materials, craftsmanship and customer service. Our dedication to exceeding your expectations ensures that you will receive a high-quality product, complete to your specifications, and on time. Give us a call today for more information about dovetail drawers 1 (877) 917-4887. Stay tuned for more from the expert drawer box manufacturers at DCDrawers.com