He explains that there is disagreement as to whether the dovetails or their corresponding pins should be on the top of the piece in a case design that uses dovetails.
•    The builder discusses the rationale for each orientation and explains his reasoning for his choice of placing the dovetails on the top, and the pins on the sides. The pins will assist in holding the sides in, which helps to guard against the possibility of developing sticky drawers during seasonal changes in temperature and humidity.
•    Another point of issue regarding placing the pins on the side is that this particular tool chest will be wall mounted, and pins on the side make the dovetails also available to ensure that the bottom stays in place.
•    The builder’s position is, “When in Doubt, Look to the Past,” which leads him to examine books on American furniture construction in the 18th century. Neither do they agree with the dovetail position question.
•    The conclusion is that dovetail orientation likely is more a woodworking project matter of personal taste than of construction integrity. The builder decides to remain with his original woodworking plans design. The glued joints may eventually fail, but if his glue joints fail in 275 years rather than 300, that timeline is acceptable.

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