Dating antique dovetail joints

**Dating Antique Dovetail Joints**
Method Period Characteristics
Hand-Cut Dovetails Pre-1800 Irregular spacing and alignment, varying angles, chisel marks
Machine-Cut Dovetails 1800-1850 Regular spacing and alignment, consistent angles, machine marks
Pinned Dovetails 1850-1900 Machine-cut dovetails with wooden or metal pins securing the joint
Steam-Bent Dovetails 1900-1950 Dovetailed joints made from steamed and bent wood, creating curved or angled shapes
Hidden Dovetails Post-1950
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