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Posted on Attaching Aprons To Legs

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#1 posted 09-28-2017 03:37 PM

My 2ยข:

Yes the weight bearing is transferred to the legs. The purpose of an apron is to 1) support the top between the legs and 2) strengthen the legs against racking (especially important in our age of vaccuum cleaners).

I would say no it definitely won’t be strong enough and adding pocket screws is a bad idea.

I think one option is replace the domino with a floating tenon using either a router or mortiser. Another option is add a couple dowels but I’m not crazy about this either. Another would put an angled bracket between the aprons with a lag bolt in to the leg.

FWIW I just don’t think there is anything stronger than a pinned MT joint which you can simulate with the floating tenon.

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