Dovetails are the hallmark of finely crafted furniture; they are attractive, strong and can elevate a project from the average to extraordinary. Their limiting factor for most woodworkers has always been the level of skill required to execute them.
While there is obviously a role for hand cut dovetails, particularly in custom furniture, there is likewise a time and place for machine cut dovetails. In a kitchen with 30 drawers there would be 120 corners to cut. That’s a lot of chisel and saw work. While it might take you three or four days to cut all the joints by hand, you could easily cut them in a day using a dovetail jig.