Goes to show you can make an argument for anything using convoluted logic. The dovetail joint is a mechanical joint, the box joint, not. Here's the test; assemble two drawers, one with box joints and one with dovetails (makes no difference through or half blind). Assemble them dry, no glue. Now close the drawers repeatedly and see which drawer falls apart. Box joint fails every time. The dovetail is superior by design, not by luck or by the use of todays "modern glues".
Dovetail joints are the benchmark, always will be no matter how many fancy or ingenious router bit joints manufacturers dream up. Open a drawer on a finely crafted piece or reproduction and you'll see dovetail joinery. Not box joints. Study the elite craftsmen of any era and the joint used on casework and drawer construction is invariably the dovetail along with the mortise and tenon. Not the box joint.
Lastly, all you need to know about the knowledge and skill level of that author is in his last paragraph: "Fact is, for drawers, I have mostly just used nailed rabbet joints".
Last edited by jmg1017; 06-17-2009 at 07:32 AM.