Don, is that a magical shaman from the northern hinder lands painted on the post?
NH, I don't typically use a haunch on brace work. But I do find a haunch for the housing easier to cut as Dave points out. The aspect I like is the grain is sloping the right direction. No squirrelly grain to deal with, null and void, as is possible with square housings. I call it "pat the cat", pat most cats the wrong way and they get irritated.
Well, the grain isn't sloping but the cut in relation to the grain allows you to shave nice smooth cuts.
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