Dating antique furniture hinges
Hand made screws and nails were relatively expensive and could rust and expand, sometimes cracking the wood they secured. Dovetails have great strength, holding pieces of wood in perfect alignment over long periods of time.This lavishly hand-carved cabinet from about 1890 shows structural dovetail joints on the back side.
For thousands of years, a dovetail joint was created by a skilled cabinetmaker using small, precision saws and wood chisels.Dovetail joints often hold two boards together in a box or drawer, almost like interlocking the fingertips of your hands.As the dovetail joint evolved through the last one hundred thirty years, it becomes a clue for the age and authenticity of antique furniture.Tiny angled saw cuts were followed by careful cutting by a sharpened chisel on both sides to avoid splintering.One board had tiny “tails,” and the other had the larger “pins,” carefully measured to match and fit together exactly.
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