CNC IT NOW 7 - What is Dovetail Drawer Box

CNC IT NOW 7 - What is Dovetail Drawer Box

What is a dovetail in a drawer?

A dovetail is a very strong joint used on the edge of each side of a drawer. Dovetail joints are noted for their tensile strength (resistance to being pulled apart) and their attractive appearance.  Dovetails can be cut to a number of different styles, but the most popular is the half blind traditional.

Quality dovetails are a key feature of CNC IT NOW making plywood, oak, walnut, ash, maple, cherry, sapele, beech etc drawer boxes in UK.

How to make dovetail drawers?

A wide variety of methods can be used to make dovetail plywood drawers. They are generally considered by the woodworking industry as time consuming and difficult to make. The dovetails can be cut by hand with dovetailing saw and chisel or you can use a dovetail jig and router.

CNC IT NOW is known for the quality of their dovetail joints and one of the best dovetail drawer box manufacturer, you can buy dovetail drawer boxes online. They are created by combining industrial fully computerised precision dovetail  machines and a hand gluing and finishing process.

By outsourcing dovetail drawers, kitchen and furniture manufacturers can focus on producing the other aspects of the bespoke kitchen or furniture, saving  the company time and enabling them to deliver their jobs more quickly.

Most dovetail machines produce dovetails of a standard pitch – most frequently 25mm. There is no problem with this at all, but the state-of-the-art dovetail machines that CNC IT NOW use are Omec controlled providing variable common dovetail pitch that allows total freedom for the drawer heights.

Another advantage of the machinery at CNC IT NOW is the ability to produce “traditional” dovetails with pins wider than the sockets. This makes the dovetail joints more hand crafted in appearance, and is favoured by cabinet makers trying to get away from a “mass-produced” image.

What is the best wood for making drawer boxes?

Solid timber is the best wood for the sides of making drawer boxes. At CNC IT NOW we start with solid timber and remove the bark from the sides using special equipment before sanding the wood, dovetailing it and making it into a box.  Probox offer a range of solid wood types including oak, beech, maple, ash, sapele, cherry, walnut etc. Another cheaper alternative is birch plywood, this isn’t a solid wood, but it provides a nice finish and is popular mainly for drawers used for bedroom furniture.

Is plywood a solid wood?

Birch Plywood is constructed using solid birch veneers and then overlaid with a quality birch face veneer on either side and offers a high quality face finish and a high structural stability. Birch Plywood is not a solid wood, but it is a cheaper alternative, running at 25% cheaper than solid oak. The nature of the layers in the timber construction mean that dovetail joints reveal an aesthetically pleasing pattern from the end grain.


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