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#1 posted 06-14-2011 11:43 PM

I would be very wary of doing anything to reduce the strength of the rails for three reasons.
1. The entire weight of the swing is carried on the cantilevered ends of the rails.
2. The strength of the rail is already cut in half by the lap joint itself.
3. You are wanting to use cedar to produce a design that was intended for quarter sawn oak. That is a significantly weaker material to start with.
Why don’t you counter bore the face of the post slightly and use 4” long, flat head deck screws? Then cover the head with a wood plug. The plug could be round or square. I think square would look more appropiate for the style you are after.

Sorry Bob, you posted while I was writing.

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