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Forum topic by camps764 posted 04-06-2014 01:17 PM 746 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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camps764

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04-06-2014 01:17 PM

I never haunch the tenons on anything I build. I’ve read that it helps prevent twisting on table aprons and the like…but I’ve also never really had that problem.

I’ve seen haunches on a lot of older furniture that I’ve repaired or taken apart to be re-purposed.

So what do you think?

Just curious to hear people’s perspectives and discuss the technique.

-- Steve


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#1 posted 04-06-2014 01:24 PM

I’ve never done it, and not had a problem. I have used wedges if the tenon will be in a high stress area and it’s not located close to the end of the board where the mortise could be blown out from the force created by installing the wedge.

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#2 posted 04-06-2014 01:25 PM

I admit, the only time I use a haunch is when the groove in the door stile necessitates it. Like this:

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#3 posted 04-06-2014 01:30 PM

Looking at it, it seems like extra work for little or no gain, that’s why i was curious to see who does it and why….or who doesn’t and why.

It would seem to me that a full size tenon that fits well would prevent twist just as well and remove a step from the overall process.

-- Steve

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#4 posted 04-06-2014 09:13 PM

I suppose it would help keep that top rail flat. Really I just use it as a way to fill the groove I routed in the side rail for the panel. The haunch isn’t hard to make. I make my tenons with a dado blade, so that’s just one more setup with the tablesaw fence.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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