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Wedging round tenon question

Barry Irby
My son and I are making a stool. (actually, he turned the legs probably fifteen years ago and has moved close enough to continue the project.)

The tenons on the legs are round and straight sided cylinders, not tapered. We have drilled holes in the seat that are a close match/snug. We plan to wedge the tenons. The question is which way to cut the slot?

Imagine the annual growth rings as a set of parallel lines. Do we cut the slot parallel to the and between the growth rings or perpendicular to them or does it matter?

Any help would be appreciated.

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