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Can't comment on the focus of the article being technique over design but the tenon discrepancy is a good catch. We are checking into it and I'll get you a response on that one soon.
The angled vertical plane of the back is offset from center moving it forward. If this is not done the back will be uncomfortable to sit against, as your back will rest on the Crest Rail only with no lumbar support. This makes the design a bit awkward. Most benches will place the back plan between the back legs (not over top) and to keep the thinner dimension of wood of the back in the same alignment, and centered on the legs, for comfortable sitting. The article does not cover this aspect well as it is focused on router techniques vs design. Moreover the illustration misrepresents that the back is moved forward. It also shows a 3/4 tenon and the actual picture it is 1/2 inch. It is an important part of the design and your readers may be mislead on a project with expensive 12/4 wood.
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