mortise & tenon joinery
for a thousand years I've been doing half-lap joints.
I like them because doing first the cheek cut, then using a router with sub-mm adjusting ability, I can get the joints to fit super tight. glue&clamp and that joint ain't never going nowhere. either "through" version or "blind" - I have become not unskilled in jigging up the router to make blind pockets.... add a sharp chisel, little nibbling on the length, patience can produce a very clean tight joint....given enough test pieces (g)
so, starting out on a two desk + 3 sideboard + computer rack + bookcase suite of "office furniture" - and based on some recent posts - got to wondering if I should leap off the mortise&tenon cliff.
what I don't like about m&t is the glue gooing out of everywhere during assembly. makes for finishing nightmares. miss scrubbing down a spot while still wet and the finish is toasted. and, since the joint has to slide together vs flush-fit-clamp, I'm a little woozy about 'zactly how tight the joint may be. yes, I know....history proves me a nutcase - there be billions of m&t out there....it's not unproven technology . . .
what advantages might mortise & tenon bring to the party? sounds silly, but really,,, am I missing something past the obvious of "no visible seams" in furniture construction?
these builds are going to be red oak; no stain; poly finish.
I'm buying rough saw lumber; so I can plane&finish to any dimension my heart desires...
I have a floor model 15.5 inch drill press.
are drill press attachments a viable quality alternative to dedicated machines?
this is a hobby project/shop - so I have minimal need for speed/productivity...