Need help with gluing Loose M&T joint.
Hi guys, new to the forum. I've been lurking and reading for quite a while but haven't had a reason to sign up until now. I'm working on my first "real" piece of woodworking in the form of a craftsman inspired mirror frame. I've attached a picture of the mockup I made earlier out of some pine and scrap cedar strips. The final version consists of a cherry frame and Peruvian walnut for the accent detail.
I'm using loose tenon joinery to join the rail and style. I thought everything was going well until I did some reading today on gluing the joint together. I was reading that if the mortise is pretty close to the end of the piece on the style, it was best to keep extra material there and then trim to the desired length after glue up to help prevent splitting. I didn't account for this, and all my pieces are exact length. The mortise ends approximately .5" from the end of the style.
Any thoughts? Will clamping the ends of the styles while gluing help to prevent the split, or is a split inevitable as the tenon swells up due to being so close to the end? I'm at the point of glue up with the final piece and want to cover my bases.
Last edited by dan-o; 09-20-2012 at 04:05 PM.