marily used for the rear corners of drawers. The milled
corner joint, shown in figure 16, C, consists of two
members with milled grooves that are fisted together.
This joint is used for the front corners of drawers, because
it will resist the pull exerted on the front of the drawer.
2-24. By now you should have a good idea of both the
wood used and the types of joints required to construct an
article. With this information firmly in mind, let's take a
look at the recommended procedures for constructing a
members that are fastened together end to end without
overlap. This joint is often strengthened with a strap or
Figure 14. Finger or box dovetail joints.
cut the dowels one-eighth inch shorter than the combined
3. Constructing Wooden Articles
depths of the holes and to point the end with coarse
sandpaper or a knife. Dowel joints are always glued and
3-1. You can probably remember the furniture in your
are often used as a substitute for mortise and tenon joints.
grandmother's home when you were a youngster. Today,
To allow air and excess glue to escape, cut a channel, or
your grandmother's furniture would be considered as old
spiral, the full length of each dowel.
fashioned as that
mitered, butted, doweled, or dovetailed types, are used
extensively in the construction of drawers for furniture
and cabinets. A corner joint is shown figure 16. A. One
member of the joint is rabbeted, with the other member
fitted into the rabbet and fastened with glue, nails, screws,
or a combination of glue and a metal fastener. The box
corner joint, shown in figure 16. B. consists of two
members, one dadoed and the other rabbeted to fit the
dado. This corner joint is pri-
Figure 16. Corner joints.
of her grandparents, because designs and styles continue
to change. Modern-day furniture designers try to create
furniture that will give us convenience, comfort, and
3-2. Along with the many style changes, mass
production methods and new materials have changed
cabinet construction procedures. However, the basic
forms of construction remain relatively the same as they
were when our so-called antiques were made. Today,
however, there are more "built-ins" in the form of
cabinets, dressing tables, and workcounters.
3-3. This section will provide you with the
knowledge you will require to construct and repair
Figure 15. Doweled joints.
cabinets; it will also cover types of construction, which
include frame, stool, and box. The procedure used in the
selection of materials for the items covered in this section
are also extremely important and should be followed as
closely as possible.
3-4. The last two major topics in this section are the
assembling of parts into complete units