<<I rabbet all 4 sides. I don't think I have ever even heard of anyone
wanting to remove a drawer bottom, and it certainly looks more
Looks like we are a minority.<<
I think the consideration is what the drawer is fitted in. I repair a
lot of kitchen drawers that are beat up pretty badly as they are
overloaded with silverware, utensils, and some even put plates, etc. in
them. The bottoms will bulge out until the drawer bottoms sag so much
they fall out of the groove, or the drawer will not close easily, which
results in the famous female "hip check" to make sure it does. I have
also found that people put leaky things in them such as lamp oil, glue,
solvent base cleaners, and all manner of other liquids. So replacing a
drawer bottom is a good thing for them.
On the other hand, if it is the prized family heirloom Federal style
highboy, probably enough care is taken in its use to ensure that the
drawers are not abused.