Actually discovered a variation of a joint I discovered some time ago.
Way back in the 19-ought-80s, I invented a 3-member lap joint trying to
join three stretchers on a small table (I made the joint but never
finished the table). It was published by /Fine Woodworking/
"Methods of Work" column, and later included in a couple of their
collections of /Proven Shop Tips/:
Just a few days ago I sat down to design some parts to the wooden tripod
I'm building, and remembered this joint. However, after making some
sketches and a cardboard mock-up, I realized that this joint could be
made much more simply:
While the original joint is stronger since it has a larger glue surface
area, the new variant is much easier to make. In fact, I did the whole
thing on the table saw, where in the original joint you have to chop out
half of the waste. And I'm not the best wood-chopper-outer in the world,
I'll admit. Hard to keep those surfaces flat enough for gluing.
The new joint is an interesting little puzzle that I haven't completely
figured out yet. Because of its asymmetry, it needs to be made oversize
to cover the needed width. The finished joint looks nice, though not as
interesting as the original with its angular inlets.
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism