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Sliding Dovetail for Blanket Chest

I am wanting to attach the stiles of a blanket chest to the legs of a blanket chest using a sliding dovetail. The width of the stiles is 3/4 inch white oak and the legs are going to be either 2x2 white oak or similar hard wood. What is the degree of dovetail should I use, 7 degree or 14 degree? and What is a recommended depth for the dovetail into the leg? The original plan is using a 1/2 inch tenon into a mortise but would like to use something more attractive to the project.
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Either 7 or 14 degrees would work. I would prefer 14 degrees myself and 1/2" depth would be alright. It would have to be done like a breadboard end on a table top and not glued all the way across so the fit should be very tight.
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Thank you for your response. I will try the 14 degree dovetail.
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I am wanting to attach the stiles of a blanket chest to the legs of a blanket chest using a sliding dovetail. The width of the stiles is 3/4 inch white oak and the legs are going to be either 2x2 white oak or similar hard wood. What is the degree of dovetail should I use, 7 degree or 14 degree?
If you are going to machine the female part, just match it to your dovetail bit. But generally in hardwood 7 is fine.

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What is a recommended depth for the dovetail into the leg? The original plan is using a 1/2 inch tenon into a mortise but would like to use something more attractive to the project.
It depends on your angle somewhat but I would go 1/2 - 5/8" deep with a 3/4" board.

I usually draw it out first and do a trial run with test boards.
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