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Notched vs. Mitered Tenons

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I am building some chairs using mortise and tenon joints in the legs.  Where the rails join the legs, the tenons interfere with each other.  I can either miter the end of the tenons or notch them to account for the interference.  My question is one better than the other strength wise.  Construction wise either would be about the same to build.  I appreciate any thoughts you may have.  Thanks,

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If the tenon is 3" wide you are probably better off with haunched so you get more depth. If its a narrow tennon less than 3 wide, I would miter them. I've never come across a rule of thumb for this.. That just makes sense to me.

In other words... what ever gives you more square inches of glue surface is the winner.

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It seems to me that haunched would always have more glue surface than mitered.   You're basically taking the mitered tenon, squaring off the edge, and adding the 1/2 width haunched part.

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