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This dovetail is half blind, so that the joint will not appear when the drawer is shut.

Set the bevel-square at the proper angle for a dovetail, Fig. 250.

When dressed off, it gives the appearance of a dovetail on each face.

In place of the grooves the cavity may be of the dovetail form.

Fig. 41 shows a "Tee Halving Joint" with a dovetail cut on the edge.

With a fine tenon or dovetail saw, cut the saw kerf as at Fig. 316.

Only it was hard for the child to dovetail the two halves of her life.

Your idea of the brace was capital, and the dovetail will never show at all.

But the facts known could not be got to dovetail themselves pleasantly.

The joints of her reasoning seemed to dovetail with fateful accuracy.

WORD ORIGIN

late 16c. (n.), 1650s (v.), from dove (n.) + tail. So called from resemblance of shape in the tenon or mortise of the joints to that of the bird’s tailfeather display. Related: Dovetailed.

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