I notice that the single criterion for the lists is strictly strongest joint, and if it is defined very specifically, you can test to that criterion and get your answer.
I think the FWW poll came up with different answers because people factor other things in. The mortise and tenon may not be as strong as a half lap but the M&T looks better than a half lap, in most people's eyes, so they favor it.
And people should factor in other things besides just the strength. As Art pointed out, once you have a number of joints that are "strong enough" you need to make your choice from that group based on other factors. And that's where the M&T wins out.
Last edited by Mike Henderson; 03-05-2010 at 07:48 PM.
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