A hack is generally someone who attempts a project with undeveloped skills.
In computer work it used to be those who did things on their own. The "fancy myself a EE" who soldered things in the garage. (The new sense of the term with respect to invading another's computer seems contrary to all other uses.)
When it comes to a first hand-cut dovetail ... at least I can say that they fit. Somewhat. Sort of.
It could have been worse.
My chisels are sharp. Picked up some Marples (used) last year. Definitely worth buying over cheap chisels.
But I probably need a better saw. Got one of those Japanese pull type saws. It's ok but seems not a good fit for my arm motions.
(Ergonomics is everything, of course. The tool serves us. We don't serve the tool.)
But I have firewood. And that's always a good thing.