It is a five sided box that must fit perfectly within a case (a six-sided box) and be removable on demand without binding or breaking either the drawer or the case.
To do so it must incorporate some type of suspension mechanism to allow it to travel in and out of the case.
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Early dovetail construction sometimes featured only one pin and it was often nailed in place.
Early Colonial ( 18th century) dovetail joints featured three or four stubby dovetails and they were glued, not nailed.
An early answer to the question was a “nailed rabbet.” A rabbet joint is created when a piece of wood fits at a right angle into a notch cut into another piece of wood.
The joint is then nailed either through the front or through the side.
By the Federal period (late 18th and early 19th century) dovetails became finer and more precise until evolving into the five or six slender pins seen in mid 19th century Victorian furniture.