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I need advice on tenon and mortises

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My question is this, When I make this joint, tenon and mortises does the inside of the mortises have to be perfectly clean and shaped. I mean if the tenon fits snugly and there is no gap around the joint do I have to worry about making the inside look pretty?

P.S. Forester bits are the shizzel In addition it helps to have wood chisels not wood CARVING CHISELS when trying to shape the Mortises.

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I have done some mortises and I have never worried to much about cleaning them up. I think as long as the joint is tight, you are all set.
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Ditto what Tank said. Unless the joints are part of the focal point of the piece then I like to clean them up some.
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I am making a mission dining table chair for my daughter. The planes I have show a upper and lower stile and the mortises are cut in the same place but on their respective sides. Does this weaken the leg? Should I off set the upper and lower stile?

http://vintageinternetplans.com/tableandchairs.htm

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I personally like the mortis walls to be as smooth as possible. I feel it makes the strongest joint.

As for the chair design, if you're using oak, it will be plenty strong.
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I personally like the mortis walls to be as smooth as possible. I feel it makes the strongest joint.

As for the chair design, if you're using oak, it will be plenty strong.
+1. If the mortise is made with a dedicated mortiser, the sides will be relatively smooth. If it's done with a chisel, it can be made as smooth as you want. Smooth fitting parts glue up better. As for lateral M&T's, if they are done right, there will be very little loss of leg structure if any.








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