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This doesn't Dovetail

Visiting a house in Connecticut the other day, I came across a coffee table:

A standard type of commercially produced furniture, with the drawers being continuous from one side to the other. Nothing special. A little expressed joinery at the table top corners is a nice touch.

At first glance the corner blocks are dovetailed together:

Looking closer though, only one board is dovetailed:

I understand that someone might want to simulate dovetails in some manner, to give the look but at a cheaper price point, however in this case the amount of labor required to do the simulation is scarcely different than it would have been if the pieces were actually dovetailed. All four corners of the table are the same. I guess they must make up stock which is trapezoidal in section to simulate the dovetail pins.

Simply bizarre. At least it is solid Black Cherry though.