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Posted on Natural Edge Table - Attaching the Leg(s)

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#1 posted 11-30-2012 01:36 PM

Here’s a couple of ways I fasten legs to my live edge benches and tables. The first one is just drilling a 1 1/2” hole with a forstner or spade bit, and inserting a leg with a tenon that I split on my bandsaw and drive in a wedge.

Here’s the jig I made to cut the 1 1/2” tenons (any size could be made)

And here’s how I make through tenons for a different style leg. I use the cut off corners of the leg as spacers for a quick jig that I clamp to the slab. Then I drill out most of the waste and use a router bit with a bearing to follow the jig. It only takes a few minutes to square up the mortise or round over the ends of the tenon. Then I cut a slot in the end of the tenon to drive in a wedge. I usually epoxy the legs as well as drive in the wedge so the legs won’t get lose over time.

Also look at other peoples projects, you’ll find a lot of different ways to attach table and bench legs. Good luck with your project.



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