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Butterfly Key Lead photo courtesy of H.C.Sakman The butterfly key joint is more decorative than structural.Although often used for tabletops, you can use it anywhere to join the edges of two boards together.
The key can actually be any size and shape you want to suit your application, although the traditional butterfly key looks like a dovetail.Make it from a contrasting wood for the best effect.What You NeedThe easiest way to make a butterfly key joint is with a bandsaw and chisel, particularly for thick stock.
However, if you are only looking for a decorative effect, you can use a router with an inlay template guide and a pattern to make shallow inlays.An inlay template guide set includes a bushing (with Allen key), template guide, and ¼" spiral router bit.
They can be purchased as a kit or separately, and come with complete instructions for making inlays.Inlay template guide How To Make The JointSince it is primarily a decorative joint, you should decide how the butterfly key size, location, and proportion will work with your project, and design it accordingly.
1.Align your boards together before gluing and draw the butterfly keys onto the boards.You can do this freehand,...