What is a Dovetail Joint?

A cabinet joint where two pieces of wood interlock are referred to as a dovetail. This joint is primarily known for its resistance to being pulled apart. The dovetail joint is stable and often used to connect the fronts of drawers to the base cabinet's drawer box. This joint is created by cutting in notches which are referred to as pins or tails. The pins and tails have a trapezoid shape. This construction helps each piece of wood fit securely together through the interlocking relationship.