Friday, March 27, 2015

FAIL! Cross Grain Tenons?

This project is sitting at my studio waiting for me to come back to finish it up. If it weren’t for my stomach-wrenching flu right now, I’d be there getting that one out the door. That is, believe it or not, a plant stand that has fallen to pieces over the years. I was amazed to find all but one of the sixteen tenons on the rails to be broken right off. (The eight rails are stacked two high.) This is 100% design flaw. Because the stand is a circle, the rails were cut out of straight stock into quarter circles. This means that on the ends where the tenons are, the grain is virtually perpendicular to the tenon. This is insanity. Don’t build like this, please. It makes it hard on us conservator types.

1 comment:

  1. It's not a flaw; it's a feature of commercial, industrial design. The manufacturer wanted the conumser to buy another item, not have it easily repaired.