from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In joinery, a form of dovetailing which shows the thickness of the lap only on the return edge.
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A dovetail halving or lap-dovetail_, Fig. 265, is a middle-lap joint with the pin made dovetail in shape, and is thus better able to resist tension.
To cut away the waste of a lap-dovetail (Fig. 311), the vertical and oblique cuts are repeated until the final trimming up is required, and now is the time to finish both the vertical and the horizontal cuts exactly on the gauge lines.
a drawer, and this is why resort is had to the lap-dovetail.