Today's dovetail actually came together very nicely and only required a slight paring of the pins to fit snugly together. I think I might be getting the hang of dovetailing in soft woods.
Alright, in all honesty I have no idea really if dovetails are harder to cut in soft or hardwoods. Both are challenging but for me at least I seem to have more success much more quickly with harder woods. For some reason the soft stuff is proving more of a challenge. Might be due to the fact that I've never really had any formal training in cutting the joint other than a few tips from my grandfather on how to lay it out and cut it. His method of teaching was more along the lines of learn by doing and he would correct what he thought needed it. Other than that I was on my own. I've just recently picked the process back up (a few years ago with the production of the bow front kane tsugi table) and what a way to pick up the old torch...half blind angled dovetails. The first set I had cut in years...in fact probably the first set I had cut since those days monkeying around in my grandfathers shop. Not sure where I'm going with this thought; it's just one of those sweet memories that you let linger a moment longer before getting back to work.
Anyway, I'm glad that I've jumped back into dovetails. There's just something greatly satisfying about cutting this joint, especially when it fits snug darn near right off the saw.