1. I think all will be explained when the ends are fixed on. You are getting the maximum sized tenon and maintaining as much “meat” on the end of the mortise. I imagine that a normal haunched tenon would suffice but we wouldn’t learn something new 🙂

  1. Paul,
    I thank you for showing the humor in all the balusters falling out, it shows that nothing in woodworking has to be taken that seriously.
    About the adjusting of the router plane, I have noticed that same stickiness on my Veritas plane. The plane blade gets hung up due to the collar not releasing the blade in a straight manner. I found the collar must be wiggled a bit to get the blade to release its grip and move to the adjusted position.

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