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

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 05:29 PM

Thalweg-thanks for the loose tenon idea, I was also thinking about that sort of set up but thought it would maybe, almost take as much time (as making 4 inch endgrain mortise/tenons?!?) and also not be as natural or “tree-like” I guess, as a solid piece of wood. If that makes sense.

And good question Mark. This is actually the second iteration of this design geared towards lower cost and simplified assembly for a customer. My first prototype I made had hardware like shelf brackets and right angle tie downs but this hardware added up when there are five platforms. Also shelf brackets limit the movement of the cat around the post, which is necessary for the cat to get up n down. Also joinery is just so much cooler.

I think I am going to redesign this to be more of a lap joint with interlocking mortise/tenons for the horizontal supports. I will post the sketchup pictures soon.

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