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For rectangular stock joints, like a gate, a half lap IMO would be a stronger joint than a M&T. If done properly, there is better (and more of) gluing surfaces. It would likely be an easier joint for you to make.






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I think either would work with the M&T being nicer looking and concealed. I got out my old crappy Cratsman router last night to see if I could cut a half lap. I would have to remove 5.5 x 5.5 x .75 inches twice for each joint. Its a lot of wood to remove with a router as I found out. It would take so many passes I don't think its practical. Now I am thinking a dado blade on the table saw is my best option. I would have to cut a rabbet on the ends of a 5 foot long 2x6 but I think its doable with an extension bolted to the miter gauge and some sort of support next to the saw like a vertical board to slide along.
BTW the wood I will be using is Western Red Cedar, it is a softer wood but I don't have any experience with it and wonder if it would have the same problems as douglas fir regarding the chisel.
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I think either would work with the M&T being nicer looking and concealed. I got out my old crappy Cratsman router last night to see if I could cut a half lap. I would have to remove 5.5 x 5.5 x .75 inches twice for each joint. Its a lot of wood to remove with a router as I found out. It would take so many passes I don't think its practical. Now I am thinking a dado blade on the table saw is my best option. I would have to cut a rabbet on the ends of a 5 foot long 2x6 but I think its doable with an extension bolted to the miter gauge and some sort of support next to the saw like a vertical board to slide along.
BTW the wood I will be using is Western Red Cedar, it is a softer wood but I don't have any experience with it and wonder if it would have the same problems as douglas fir regarding the chisel.
If necessary, you could do half laps with a handsaw. As for chisel problems, there shouldn't be if your tooling is sharp.






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I think either would work with the M&T being nicer looking and concealed. I got out my old crappy Cratsman router last night to see if I could cut a half lap. I would have to remove 5.5 x 5.5 x .75 inches twice for each joint. Its a lot of wood to remove with a router as I found out. It would take so many passes I don't think its practical. Now I am thinking a dado blade on the table saw is my best option. I would have to cut a rabbet on the ends of a 5 foot long 2x6 but I think its doable with an extension bolted to the miter gauge and some sort of support next to the saw like a vertical board to slide along.
BTW the wood I will be using is Western Red Cedar, it is a softer wood but I don't have any experience with it and wonder if it would have the same problems as douglas fir regarding the chisel.
Cutting half laps in cedar is done all the time with nothing more than a Skillsaw and a sharp chisel. Just cut kerfs across the board about 1/4" apart to half the depth, knock most of it off with the chisel handle and finish up with the sharp end.

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Half lap for a bedroom door

would a half lap work on a interior door for a bedroom, planning on putting wooden rod in the lap joint as well. would this wood for a door?
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A half lap "joint" is used to join two pieces, usually at 90 degrees/right angles They are used in doors or gates where ever strength is needed. They are glued together and typically do not require additional fasteners or dowels, but that's not problematic if you choose to dowel them.
If you are making a door, put up a diagram or sketch of your plans for addition comments and advice. :smile3:
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