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#1 posted 01-19-2020 09:28 PM

Right so the 5/8 tenons would be in the spindles that go between the legs. The 7/8 tapered tenons
attach the legs to the cleats. The mortise in the cleats are bored at 7/8 and then tapered with a reamer, probably taper to 1” or 1 1/8 at the big end of the hole.

I considered screws, but since the legs are attached to the cleats and not the table top, are screws going to be strong enough to hold them in that worst case scenario when somebody sits on the table? That’s why I was thinking sliding dovetail.

But maybe I’m overthinking it! Maybe screws, with some glue in the center 3-4” or so of the batten just for extra insurance?

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