Yeah, I really want to make box joints. Just to prove I can. I have drawers in my workbench that are 20 years old and they have held together just fine with just glue and butt joints. And a microwave stand with a drawer that is almost 30 years old and working fine. However, this drawer will be part of a podium I am building for my niece and thought it would be nice to look a little nicer.
I will prolly make a sample first to see what works best. I have a lot of sample wood reclaimed from pallets so I can practice. :-)
Just trying to minimize tear out.
Note: Since I will be putting a false front on the drawer, I think I only need to make stop dado for the drawer front piece. The rest won't be seen anyway.