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#1 posted 05-16-2018 09:16 PM

Apron should be at least 2.5” wide if you’re
using wood-to-wood joinery to attach the
legs. This is a personal rule of thumb for
me but it’s generally sensible and going
thinner is often courting trouble.

Fair curves can be drawn by making a simple
wooden bow about a yard long with a thing
you spin in the middle to tension it to the
curve you want.

A four-way cross brace lapped at the center
is doable, but it’s simpler and sometimes
aesthetically acceptable to make two overlapping
braces. Assembling the tops of the legs
to the apron may be simpler this way, depending
on how you’re doing the apron joinery. With
a four way brace I think you’d have to assemble
the legs around the brace first and then you’d
have to use a joint for the aprons that would
be possible to assemble with the leg relationship
already fixed.

I can’t guarantee the 2 way braces will get you
out of this assembly problem, but they might.
I haven’t thought it through rigorously enough
to say for sure.

Another approach is to eliminate the apron,
glue the legs up with the four way brace and
attach the top with through tenons on the
ends of the legs. These can be tricky to cut
so they look good on the exposed ends though.

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