When buying quality furniture there should be an obvious difference in the craftsmanship. If you do not know how to recognize these details read more from our in store experts about what to look for.
The difference in joints lies in how the piece of furniture is built. There are various ways of each type of joint, but there is a distinct difference in quality when you can recognize these different types.
Glued & Screwed Corner Back
The glued & screwed corner system is much stronger than the wood fasteners they replace – dowels, tenons, biscuits, etc. Along with that, using self tapping screws exert a tremendous amount of clamping pressure, drawing the surfaces of the wood into the “intimate contact” that adhesive manufacturers say is among the most important factors in producing a solid joint. Usually this is used in leg rails and braces – securely attaching leg rails and braces quickly and invisibly.
Lap Dovetail Joint
Dovetail joints are very strong and neat joints used primarily to make drawers. Dovetail joints are, in my opinion, the prettiest of joinery techniques. They provide incredibly strong joints that, if done correctly, don’t even need glue to hold them together. However, they also require much more skill and precision to create than other joinery methods.
The two basic types of dovetail joints are through (or plain dovetail) and half-blind.
The dowel reinforced butt joint or simply dowel joint is a very common method of reinforcing butt joints in furniture for years. Dowel joints are popular in chairs, cabinets, panels and tabletops. The benefit of a dowel joint is that it produces a joint which is much stronger than a butt joint without reinforcement. The dowels offer some holding strength even after the glue has deteriorated.