I remember my delight when I saw the drawers in the formal dining room's bu ffet. I expected... well... I don't know what I expected but I didn't expe ct to see the drawers rabbeted together. I have been using that joint for years, but was a little embarrassed by it since it seems everyone "knocks o ut" their full and half blind dovetails perfectly in unlimited numbers on a n as needed basis. I was pleased as punch to see a professional of your cal iber use that joint.
I started using that when we were building cabinets on the job back in the 70s as that was the way I was shown/trained. We had a table saw on the job that did everything we needed if we were working out of town, if not, the guy I worked for had a wood shop in the back of his warehouse where we woul d build.
Rabbets were easy on the tablesaw. And at that time half lap doors were th e rage as folks wanted that smooth look, so no panel type doors. For a fan cy job, we would put beading in a frame pattern inside the perimeter of the door face, painstakingly cut on a monstrous hand powered miter saw.
I tried out a giant 24" Rockwell jig that a cabinet shop had and loved it. I waited a couple years after I opened my biz and bought the 12" and never could get the half blind joints to be completely repeatable without a lot of fuss. No doubt 1/4 shank steel bits, and smaller routers had something to do with it. So, after watching a guy at a woodworking show (remember th ose?) make rabbet joints with his router, a light bulb went on and I starte d doing that again. This time I made the joints with a router, not a table saw.
So drawers became a no brainer. I used a router bit to groove the drawer f ace, sides and back for its plywood bottom, a router bit to cut a rabbet in to the rear of the drawer to inset the back, and a the router again to cut he locking rabbet on the face. Now the table saw could stay back at the sh op! I took the properly width dimensioned wood/plywood with me to the job and I could set up on site and work there. If it was one of my jobs as a G C, then this was outstanding as I could work on site and keep an eye on the job at the same time.
I even used that joint in a sets of super heavy duty drawers that were goin g to be carrying about 50+ pounds of stuff in them at all times. Think of pan drawers carrying the cast iron dutch oven, Pyrex, cast iron skillets, e tc., or all the hammers and crap in a garage shop. The pounds add up fast.
And to add to add 500% strength to that joint is easy. 30 mintue epoxy and few 18 ga. brads and it is unbreakable. Literally. For the record I have never seen one of my locking rabbets fail when it was just glued with white glue (go back to the 70s when we used Elmer's White <CONSTRUCTION> grade g lue!)or any kind of yellow glue with no mechanical fasteners. The oldest o ne in use is that I know of is about 37 years old!
I like a good dovetail myself and appreciate what goes into them whether th ey are hand cut or machined. But since I don't do any of it for fun anymor e I go for speed, dash and accuracy.
Karl - looked for the video and couldn't find it. Could you post a link?