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Posted on Unique interlocking mortise and tenon joint:Would this work?

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 04:37 PM

Neat idea, but very challenging joinery. With that many joints, and no glue, any “play” would be magnified significantly. The top of your post would probably move a lot. Cutting the mortice in the end-grain of the vertical post would be quite difficult, and probably weak, so I think you’d want to build your vertical post as a box instead of a 4×4 post and then use loose tenons in it as opposed to cutting normal mortices and tenons. Post pictures if you do this. It’ll be interesting.

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