Dovetail drawers are considered a sign of quality, a hallmark of solid construction, and are generally recommended for anyone in the market for cabinets.
But why such high praise?
The dovetail joint that hold the sides of the drawer together consists of interlocking “tails” on one side and “pins” on the other, cut at precise angles that fit tightly together. This creates high tensile strength, which means the joint is extremely resistant to being pulled apart. The distinctive pattern of a dovetail joint is left visible as a mark of craftsmanship.
Some cabinets come with drawers that are stapled and glued together. This saves money, but does not provide good value, because these joints break down with everyday use. That is why dovetail drawers are the standard for higher end cabinet manufacturers.
A classic dovetail drawer is made with solid wood and has the drawer glides under-mounted rather than exposed on the sides, which better protects the glides from wear and tear.
So what’s so great about dovetail drawers? They’re a sign of superior craftsmanship that will stand up to the bumps and bangs of life. By choosing dovetail drawers, you’re ensuring that your cabinets will remain beautiful and will stand the test of time.