- 16 May 2021
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- Colorado, usa
Your reasoning is spot on and my proof is in two parts.I'm going to throw my hat in the ring by saying that a gauge or square was not used for cutting dovetails by joiners in the past.
They knew how to cut square.
If they could skip a step to make the job more efficient, they would.
Why would they bother to mark out the dovetails angles and square when all they needed was a gauge line to work down to and one part acts as a templet for the other ?
1). I have access to originals and I have seen this to be the case.
2). The drawer bottoms were solid wood. They were not finished as evidenced by rough tool marks done by either a scrub plane or a badger.
I have seen the same to be true with a 1774 Hepplewhite Bombay chest.