I was going to make a side table similar to the Greene and Greene side table you published an article on in 2004. You used mahogany and I wanted to do quartersawn white oak. As I understand it, quarter or rift sawn white oak will expand more across its thickness.
Will the center stretcher (for example) risk cracking the side stretcher mortise since it is expanding across its thickness compared to the plainsawn mahogany you used in the article?
Also, are there rules of thumb as to when a tenon is too long and will expand to much and risk cracking in the future? In your article, its a 7″ tenon and I know some people break it into two smaller tenons sometimes but I don’t understand how to know when I should do that. Is it experienced woodworker’s intuition, rules of thumb, scientific calculation…. or perhaps just flipping a coin? Seriously, I’d love to have furniture that didn’t crack down the line.