Question: Where does the dovetail joint in antique furniture come from?

The earliest examples are from furniture placed with mummies in Egypt thousands of years ago, and also in the burials of ancient Chinese emperors. For thousands of years, a dovetail joint was created by a skilled cabinetmaker using small, precision saws and wood chisels.

Where did the dovetail joint originate?

Some of the earliest known examples of the dovetail joint are in ancient Egyptian furniture entombed with mummies dating from First Dynasty, the tombs of Chinese emperors, and a stone pillar at the Vazhappally Maha Siva Temple in India.

When was the dovetail joint invented?

17th century When the joint first came into its own, late in the 17th century, it was thought that fewer and larger dovetails made for a stronger joint. Over the years, however, they were cut smaller and finer, with the pins more numerous.

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