A large part of furniture making boils down to joining pieces of wood to make boxes. A box joint is a simple alternative to the dovetail. It's appropriate for small-scale or large projects, and is commonly seen in Japanese and Craftsman styles of furniture. To increase mechanical strength, Seth Janofsky pins the joints in some projects he builds. He offers options for each step, which leaves lots of room for personal preference.

From Fine Woodworking #168