Mike Haasl wrote:How snug were they when you tapped them together? I think dovetails should almost slide together by hand and maybe need a tap or two with a mallet to persuade them once in a while.
Purely judging from the photos it looks like the pins may have been too wide and split apart the tail stock.
Mike Haasl wrote:Having thinner wood on the long sides would have allowed for a shallower dovetail (Yellow side dovetail for example). Or using the same sides but thinning it down where the dovetail pins are would allow for a shallower dovetail hole in the end piece.
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