A dovetail joint is most commonly used in woodworking. Furniture and cabinet making, as well as timber framing are examples in which this joint technique is used. A dovetail is known for its great resistance to pull apart. Most of us have come across dovetail joints when opening wood desk drawers. Once glued together,this joint requires nothing else to fasten.
A mortise and tenon joint is the most used in woodworking and furniture making. This joint is composed of two pieces. The mortise is a cavity cut into a timber so that it may receive the tenon, a protruding end of a timber. This joint allows one to join 2 pieces of wood together at a 90 degree angle. A mortise and tenon joint is most commonly used in the construction of chairs, tables, cabinets, frames, and doors.