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#1 posted 01-19-2018 04:15 AM

An option for installing the x-braces would be to apply a thin piece of oak (3/4” x ¾” or ½” x ¾”, or even ¼” x ¾”) to the ends of the x-brace, top and bottom.

The OPs design of the X brace provides angled surfaces at the top and bottom that fit flush against the legs. This provides good long grain to long grain surfaces for gluing. Also, slots for splines could easily be cut into these surfaces on the TS. Or, biscuits or dowels could be used if he has the equipment.
The x-brace ends would offer end grain as a glue surface so reinforcing the x-brace to connector joint with a mechanical fastener would make this joint stronger. The x-brace could also be joined to the connectors with a lap joint and mechanical fasteners would be unnecessary (shown in the sketch).

If I understand what they are saying, your last two sentences in the same paragraph are contradictory.

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