I am starting a project for my daughter…I am going to attempt to build her a jewelry box out of poplar..I chose poplar because it is inexpensive and did not want my first shot at hand tooling everything to go flophouse with a nicer more expensive wood…I finally got dovetails to mate up perfectly in poplar that is around 3/8’’ thick..I had been practicing on some thicker pine and got to the point that i wanted to jerk my own teeth out..I was taking extra care trying to be precise and make smart cuts and pares….but still no dice…but my first attempt with the poplar…which was considerably smaller and thinner the joint fit perfectly….so i guess the question I need to ask is this….Are dovetails easier to control in thinner stock? Also would it be easier to hand cut this joint in a harder wood seeming my kerf wouldn’t drift as quickly? please flood me with advice and some solid answers to go on !!!