Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Near Boston, Massachusetts
What's the thinnest wood worth dovetailing?
Assuming I can get time in a heated shop (which looks likely) I'm planning to make a bunch of small boxes, picture frames, and things like that for friends and family for holiday gifts this year. With the boxes, though, I've run into an odd question: how thick should I make the sides?
I built a pencil box as an experiment, and I ended up making the sides with rabbets on the long sides for the short ends to fit into. That was 1/4" stock, so I felt like dovetails would be both hard to make and possibly not reliable. With 3/4" stock dovetails are the obvious joint, but that's a bit thick for the size boxes I'm thinking of.
So what's your line? Where do you stop making dovetails and start with some other joint?