What is better tennon or dowel?


I have alway prefered a tennon to dowels and biscuits as joinery. So what i would like to know is what is better a tennon or a dowel. Dowels can be good in some situations ie, chair rails etc. Is one better than the other though?
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Better for what? Speed and ease of construction? Shear strength? Pull-out strength? Antique authenticity? Requiring fewest tools/jigs? Answer: totally depends - both have their place, with lots of overlap for most applications. Andy
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to withdrawal, unless it is of sufficient cross-section, it has poor resistance to shear.
Same depth criteria apply as in the "how deep" thread - don't bore all the way through the other piece, or it's a bridle.
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depends to some extent on the way the grain lies, but a tenon is usually stronger than a dowel. endgrain doesn't glue well, and if your dowel relies on a hole drilled perpenticular to grain, then there is a lot of endgrain involved. a mortise would result in more joint strenght because the sides of the mortise hold glue well.
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