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#1 posted 12-17-2012 01:29 AM

I have seen it suggested that the lower tenon leaves the mortised piece somewhat vulnerable to racking, since the slot is open at the end, if that should be a concern. With my mortising machine (bench top), I always make the upper type. I have also set up a tenoning jig on my shaper that makes beautiful tenons like the upper example, so it’s just as easy for me to do it that way.
Come to think of it, plantation shutters might be subject to considerable stresses, if they’re truly used as a storm shutter.

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