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#1 posted 03-27-2012 07:34 PM

What I should have said is I didn’t feel cope and stick was a strong enough joint and either traditional mortise and tenon or loose tenon joinery is more suitable . I do believe loose tenons are stronger than standard M&T because of the fact that glue is stronger than wood and a loose tenon has it’s grain running Independence of the the wood your building with. In a joint torture test(I think it was FWW) I believe loose tenons fared better than traditional M&T,but the biggest surprise was that half lap joinery and saddle joints came out number 1 & 2 as the strongest joint.
Many solid wood doors are made without bread board ends ,unless that’s the look you like. Solid wood cabinet doors are usually made of mostly strips of wood no larger the 2 wide so that minimizes cupping and twisting problems. With a door that size using M&T joinery I would peg the joints.

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