tool trunk/chest design issues - need help

Hey all,
I'm trying to design a tool chest and I'm having trouble with the joinery details of the lid. It's a small chest, 12 x 12 x 30" with the top 3 inches as the lid. I'm dovetailing the sides, with the bottom captured in a dado. I was thinking of capturing the top with a dado too, but I don't want a lip - I want the top to be flush. All of the joinery is being done by hand so I don't want to use biscuits or anything like that. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks, Eide
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I've thought about how I would do this several times in the past. The best idea I'm came up with is to box-joint the top to the sides. I figured it will be very difficult to pull off but indeed would look unique. I would then round over the top edges with a 1/4 or 3/8 round over bit.
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cut a rabbet around the top edge of the lid so that there is a lip sticking out at the bottom edge of the top : ^ ) set that lip into a dado in the sides so that the top of the sides is flush with the top of the top. that way the lid panel will be able to float.     Bridger

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If you are doing your dovetails by hand then put interlocking dovetails all the way around the top. It will look soooooo cool.
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Thanks for the replies everyone, how much do I have to take wood movement into consideration. I'm building out of pine and the top will be about 12 x 12 x 30. Will the box joint or dovetail option be too stressful for a panel that size out of pine?

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