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right to left as you face the work) to prevent any tear-out.

One way to get an even '¿-in. overhang is to first trim the veneer with a router, using a bearing that's lA in. larger than the diameter of your cutter. Then replace the bearing with one that's the same diameter as the cutter for the final cut. After trimming, a light sanding will remove any whiskers left by the bit

Pat Warner Furniture mater Escondido, CA

Mortise and Tenon Flawed?

QWhy don't glued mortise-and-tenon joints loosen, since they juxtapose side grain at 90°?

Alex Ettl Chattanooga, TN

A Well-fit mortise and tenon joints are so structurally strong that it doesn't take much to lock them together. (A dry-assembled joint will hold indefinitely with just a single peg through the tenon.) Therefore, when you glue this joint, only a portion of the glue bond has to survive to be effective. As the wood moves in different directions, the wood fibers are likely to tear before the glue fails. But this occurs near the edges and end of the tenon. The center of the tenon stays glued so the joint remains tight.

Peter Korn Furniture mater and teacher Rockland, ME

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