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Anyone have thoughts to offer on using sliding dovetails to join rails to stiles in a cab faceframe?
It'll be a first attempt for me, want something that will look a little more unique than the average plain ol' stile & rail faceframe joint.
Here's a rough sketch of the cab front:


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They would also be used to join the center stile into the top and bottom rails.
Any thoughts/criticisms/advice will be gladly accepted!
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Did some sketches for a sliding dovetail on a thread a few months back, someone wanted to build a table with removable legs etc.

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Yep, all of my furniture face frames are DT'd. But they are not sliding, there are half blind. The tenon is cut as a dovetail and is placed in to a matching mortice with an open side on the back. The result is very strong.

I usually do them 'sprung' where if there are any across the middle they are ever so slightly shorter than they should be to draw the frame in tight.
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Yep, all of my furniture face frames are DT'd. But they are not sliding, there are half blind. The tenon is cut as a dovetail and is placed in to a matching mortice with an open side on the back. The result is very strong.

I usually do them 'sprung' where if there are any across the middle they are ever so slightly shorter than they should be to draw the frame in tight.
So would that be a "housed" half blind?
Thanks for the suggestion!
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I think you would be just as well off with a half lap joint and would be less of headache to assembly.
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Real furniture doesn't use faceframes, that's for kitchen cabinets. The mark of high quality work is joinery that will lock together and stay that way even when the piece is relegated to the barn for 50 yrs. metal rusts away, glue joints break. Sliding or French dovetails are one of those joints but they don't make sense in a faceframe. Drawers, framing, partitions, yes but use pinned M&T for faceframe type construction.
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If you've built a dresser, you more than likely built a piece of furniture with a face frame.
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Bzawat, it looks like this:
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That was on this dresser...
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In my opinion as a cabinet maker it is just to much to put into a cabinet. Save the dovetails for finer projects where you could use the added strength. Spend more time with your doors drawers finishes if u want to beautify your cabinets
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In my opinion as a cabinet maker it is just to much to put into a cabinet. Save the dovetails for finer projects where you could use the added strength. Spend more time with your doors drawers finishes if u want to beautify your cabinets
I understand what you're saying. Perhaps I should have prefaced my OP by saying that the buffet cab is to be a Christmas gift for my better half - she has wanted one for a couple years now haha - so therefore it's not just any cabinet.

Otherwise I'd say yeah, it's too much to put into a cabinet.
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That was on this dresser...
Great job on the dresser! Awesome design.
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And something she will enjoy for years
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