These show as end-grain wedge-shaped pins on one surface and square or oblong end-grain tails on the other (154:1). The true shape of both tail and pin resemble a dove's tail (after which they are named), and in through dovetailing by hand it is usual to make the tails at their widest part about twice that of the pins, but for extra strong work they can be equal and are colloquially known as 'cistern dovetails'. There are, therefore, no hard and fast rules regarding their width, and as with all other types a compromise is usually effected between strength and appearance.
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