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#1 posted 04-06-2009 12:01 AM

Not saying anyone is right or wrong. I guess I went to an older school of thought than most of these guys.
The “old school” says the sides of the mortise added together should equal the thickness of the mortise, other wise you have a weak tenon. So that makes the tenon half the thickness of the piece, not a third. It probably doesn’t make any difference on face frames. Once they’re attached to the case they don’t have any stress on them anyway. You just might want to do some more research into joinery layout before you build anything that is going to be stressing the joints.
That’s my old $0.02 worth.

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