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#1 posted 01-18-2018 11:04 PM

Thanks for the help so far. To clear a few things up:

If I was doing tenons, I’d do them on the table saw. I have a simple jig I made but it’s accuracy is questionable.

I could purchase a dowel jig, nothing against that I suppose.

I could also hide pocket holes pretty well on the underside and back sides of pieces.

I’m not worried about the shelves sagging front to back. I was thinking of gluing a 3/4” strip of plywood in the middle of the stretchers such that it supports the entire length of the shelves and they more or less drop in flush with the top of the stretchers. The stretchers are 2” wide, which I think might be ok… Maybe. (Is stretcher the right term here? Rails maybe?) If I was worried about the sagging it would be front middle. The bach has its own stretcher fully supported by the backing plywood too.

I already have the x shapes half-lapped. Can’t ditch the X’s unfortunately, wife’s request. Just not sure how I’d attach them to the legs.

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