I'm building a pendulum cradle with a base that will consist of two
end supports joined by a stretcher piece. The end supports will be a
typical inverted T design:
For this application, which joint would be stronger for attaching the
"foot" to the vertical "style", a mortise and tenon or half lap?
Built the same cradle recently. Since I had 8/4 cherry, I mortised the
bottom piece, but you could also make two nearly half-lap pieces and face
glue 'em to get where you want to get. Be sure to leave shoulders on your
tenon to resist wracking.
Doggerel aside, most of the resistance to wracking comes from the shoulders'
contact with the piece at right angles. If you made a half-lap with
shoulders, if you can conceive of what I'm speaking of, and used a fastener
like a screw with great withdrawal resistance, you could certainly count on
its lasting. Wouldn't look as nice as the glue up or a real piece of
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