|Forum topic by rbterhune||posted 1435 days ago||831 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
1435 days ago
I’m a new woodworker who’s been working on some shop oriented projects this past year. I hope to be ready for my first furniture project this fall/winter. The project I’ll be doing is a nightstand previously built and shown here by Gizmodyne.
The plans are from “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” and here is Gizmodyne’s original post of the nightstands:
My question is this: The original plans call for a tongue and groove type application for the frame and panel construction of the sides. These sides, however, serve as the primary structure for the piece and include the legs. Would it be worthwhile to mortise and tenon the rails to the stiles (with stopped grooves for the panel) rather than cut through-grooves into the stiles? In other words, is there a structural gain by stopping the groove in a mortise and tenon?
Note: The stiles are 13/16” thick x 3 wide. The rails are over 5” wide.