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#1 posted 04-05-2009 05:18 PM

My understanding is the tenon should be 1/3 the thickness of the stock being mortised. In your case, I would go with 1/4” as DaveR recommends. As the mortise gets bigger, it weakens the mortised stock. Having said that, for face frames I doubt if it makes much difference since it will be attached to the body of the project where it will get most of its strength. It’s not a load bearing joint.

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