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By SMALMALEKI
#1294799
Hi
I am sorry if the question is so basic but I am struggling to find a way.
What is the traditional join for wardrobe top and bottom corners? I was planning to dovetail them but can’t find the right way of cutting dovetails on long planks.
Does anybody has a blueprint for a single or double door wardrobe?

Thank you in advance :P
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By thetyreman
#1294802
From what I've seen the top corners are dovetailed and the bottom is either raised on a plynth +dovetailed or the bottom is a dado joint raised say 3-4 inches the gap then being filled in by a mortise and tenon rail, here's a link to a photo I found of a shaker style wardrobe:

https://eu-browse.startpage.com/do/show ... &t=default
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By AndyT
#1294807
Yes, dovetails. Lap if it's a plain exposed top. Can be through dovetails if there's a big moulding round the top. Or housings if the sides extend above the top board, concealed by the cornice moulding.

Look on the Internet Archive or in the Sticky reference books post for books by Paul Hasluck.

Perhaps a subsidiary question should be why none of the YouTube woodworkers ever show how to make dovetails in anything except titchy little offcuts!
By SMALMALEKI
#1294809
All the dovetails I have ever cut have been on boards up to 100 cm. it’s not practically possible to keep the boards vertically for sawing.
By sunnybob
#1294826
Not having cut a dovetail joint since 1962 (I swapped school woodwork for metalwork :roll: ) I'm hardly an expert but is it not possible to cut the pieces with the plank sideways across the bench? or even flat with the edge hanging over? :shock: :lol:
By SMALMALEKI
#1294830
sunnybob wrote:Not having cut a dovetail joint since 1962 (I swapped school woodwork for metalwork :roll: ) I'm hardly an expert but is it not possible to cut the pieces with the plank sideways across the bench? or even flat with the edge hanging over? :shock: :lol:



Hi Sunnybob
It is all about the stand. In hand saw cutting one is trying to keep hand and saw in a particular position to avoid saw drifting. Those positions will be very challenging to cut straight.
Well at least for me.
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By AndyT
#1294831
I've made a few bookcases on this sort of scale, with dovetails at the top corners. The first one was back in the 80s, long before forums and YouTube so I had to work it out for myself.
If I remember right, the joints were cut laid flat on the bench or on a Workmate plus a support for the far end. Sit or kneel on the board and saw down. Chiselling out the laps was ok at the end of the bench. (Lap dovetails at the top of a tall piece really are for construction, not for show. Any gaps will soon fill up with dust!)
For transferring the marks, I think I arranged the boards on edge on a flat floor, temporarily clamped to a square box or block.
It all depends on the size and weight of the boards, the size of your bench and how agile you are!
By SMALMALEKI
#1294833
AndyT wrote:I've made a few bookcases on this sort of scale, with dovetails at the top corners. The first one was back in the 80s, long before forums and YouTube so I had to work it out for myself.
If I remember right, the joints were cut laid flat on the bench or on a Workmate plus a support for the far end. Sit or kneel on the board and saw down. Chiselling out the laps was ok at the end of the bench. (Lap dovetails at the top of a tall piece really are for construction, not for show. Any gaps will soon fill up with dust!)
For transferring the marks, I think I arranged the boards on edge on a flat floor, temporarily clamped to a square box or block.
It all depends on the size and weight of the boards, the size of your bench and how agile you are!


That’s what I was thinking as well. I gotta give it a go. Clamping the boards do bench top and sitting on it.
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By Ttrees
#1294864
SMALMALEKI wrote:
Ttrees wrote:A good excuse to get a bandsaw (hammer)


Hi Ttrees
Or even a dovetail cutting jig. The problem is that I have no power plug in my workshop 8) :twisted:

Very romantic, going all out Chippendale there! :)
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By thetyreman
#1294878
MikeG. wrote:This is why you have saw horses.


+1 that's how I'd do it, was going to say the same thing.
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By thetyreman
#1294879
how wide will the wardrobe sides tops and bottom be? what are the planned dimensions of the piece?