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#1 posted 01-19-2018 01:57 PM

bilyo’s idea of simply gluing the x-brace to the legs would indeed result in a strong glue joint. Clamping this joint would require some creative thinking, but if successfully clamped, the x-brace should stay put.

My apologies for the awkward explanation of the two options for joining the connector to the x-brace. If the connector is joined to the x-brace atop the x-brace with a butt joint, the x-brace would offer end grain for gluing. Thus reinforcing the joint could be beneficial. This option was not illustrated in the sketch.

The sketch shows the second option, that of attaching the connector to the x-brace with a lap joint. In this case, both the x-brace and connector would offer long grain for gluing.

Biscuit joinery is frequently touted as a good way to help align a joint. Since it is a spline, it has the added benefit of reinforcing and strengthening the joint.

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