Benefits of Dovetail Drawers
Why Dovetail Joints
Throughout their lives, kitchen cabinet drawers are opened and closed around 7-10 times a day, or up to 3500 times a year! Making sure that you pick a drawer joint that can withstand this type of wear and tear is crucial to the longevity of your kitchen cabinets. There are many different types of drawer joints including stapled drawer boxes, screwed drawer boxes, and rabbet joints; however, none of these will hold up like a dovetail joint. Dovetail joints are considered one of the strongest joints used in kitchen cabinetry construction and are the best solution for a kitchen cabinet drawer box. The dovetail joint is constructed from interlocking channels created from wedge shaped cuts on the ends of the drawer box sides. The wedge shaped cuts are called tails and pins and are extremely durable and resistant to force after they are assembled. Dovetail drawers are not only the highest quality drawer but are also the most decorative and attractive with the cleanest appearance.
Dovetail Joint: RTA Cabinets vs. Assembled Cabinets
Just because a cabinet includes dovetail joints doesn't mean it's a great quality drawer. Dovetail joints are the most durable; however, they can also be the most difficult to make. There is a certain amount of skill and special attention required when constructing a dovetail joint.
RTA Cabinet Dovetail Joints
RTA cabinets or ready to assemble kitchen cabinets may include dovetail drawers but in most case will need to be assembled by the end user at the time the cabinet is assembled. Since the drawer is not completely assembled at the kitchen cabinet manufacture you will not get as crisp of a finish as you would with a drawer box that is constructed at the cabinet manufacture. Even though the finished quality is not as good as an assembled cabinet, dovetail joints are still the best option.
Assembled Cabinet Dovetail Joints
Usually when a dovetail joint is assembled and finished at the cabinet manufacture you will get the best quality. The manufacture will assemble the drawer box sides before sanding the entire drawer to make sure that all the joints are smooth before applying the finishing coat to the entire drawer. This process will result in a very attractive joint for the end user.