I tried my first butterfly joints this week. They are supposed to strengthen the joint between the two boards as well as add a decorative element to the project. They weren’t as hard as I thought they would be to do. I can definitely tell the difference between the first one I did and third one. A little more practice and they should be no problem. I’ll just need a little wood filler to dress them up when I am all done.
Here is the first one. You can see where my hand slipped and I went outside of the lines. I also noted that in the future I need to leave the line and use a chisel to slowly work up to it at the end for a tight fit.
Here is the last one, I think the lines look a little crisper. A little more sanding and some filler and I should be all done. The goal in the future is to not need any filler at all… I’ll get there someday.