Dating antique furniture handles
Popular here into the 1890's, these joints never gained acceptance outside of the U. The next technological development in joinery was again American.
In the 1890's, American furniture began to be mass produced, with interchangeable parts and speedy production for the growing and affluent middle class.
When the joint is expertly executed, it is a thing of beauty, and a secure joining of two boards that can last for centuries.
This over-view of the dovetailing techniques should easily help identification and dating of most furniture from the last 200 years.
Here is an early example of machine-cut dovetails on a 1920's sideboard from a dining set: European cabinetmakers continued to produce hand-cut dovetails through the 1930's.
Electric power tools, like routers and various types of saws were put into widespread use after World War II in the 1940's.
It is then coated with a wash coat of water/white glue and while still tacky covered in dust removed from a house vacuum cleaner.
When it is dry, it is waxed and prepared to be smoked.