Comparative Study on the Tensile Performance of Box Frames Constructed by Keyed Joints and Dovetail Joints

Shuo Wang, Lu Chen, Li Jun Xu, Hao Guan, Sheng Zan Yan, Zhi Hui Wu


The box frame is a common structure in modern furniture, especially for cabinets. Accordingly, the joint contact force of the frame is important in evaluating the stability of classified furniture. In this study, a new type of keyed joint was proposed to alter the dovetail joint used in box frame structures. The tensile strength of the dovetail joint and the keyed joint in the frame were evaluated, and the contact forces and failure modes of these two joints were compared. Three levels (T1, T2, and T3) were proposed for the ratio of groove depth (D) to inclined contact surface height (H), under the condition of the same joint spacing and inclination angle considering the effects of keyed joint size on the contact force. Meanwhile, experimental analysis was performed on both sides (S1 and S2) of the dovetail joint. Results showed that the contact force of the joint under the gluing condition decreased in the order of S2 > T2 > T3 > S1 > T1. In terms of failure modes, the keyed joint could be maintained in good condition, whereas failure of the dovetail joint always occurred at the root of the tenon in the S1 direction.


Keyed joint; Frame; Failure mode; Tensile performance

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