best options to install tapered round legs to a desk

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Forum topic by Pabs posted 09-11-2019 06:42 PM 300 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2019 06:42 PM

hey all

in the middle of making this desk for my daughter

the top is pretty much done, working on the legs as we speak. I’ll be making them round with a taper as well. (just finished the jig to make them with my router yesterday, can’t wait to try it)

in the image they have a skirt butting up to the legs. given that the leg will be at slight angle to the table top and is also tapered what would be the best to attach those pieces together? mortise and tenon?

I can’t really use the metal plates to screw into as that would not work with the skirt.

any ideas would be appreciated…thanks!

-- Pabs

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#1 posted 09-11-2019 07:12 PM

Mortise and tenon is the best way in my opinion. It will prevent racking. Leave the upper portion of the legs square, then the splay angle will be determined y the angle of the shoulders on the mortise and tenon joint.

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#2 posted 09-11-2019 07:14 PM

Definitely M&T. Looks to me like the top of the leg is cut at an angle to allow an easy M&T joint. I would cut the joints before doing the taper and stop the taper where the skirt meets the leg on the inside of the joint.

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#3 posted 09-12-2019 10:34 AM

M&T here as well. There are a few ways you can work out the joint. You could cut a curve on the skirt that matches the radius of the leg, or leave the top of the leg squared up, or cut a flat on the leg where the skirt meets it. Your choice, the first one I suggested would require the use of loose tenons….and they might be easier on any of the approaches.

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#4 posted 09-13-2019 11:47 AM

I’m a bit puzzled as to how to get this joint just right. the leg is on angle in both planes. what’s the trick to accurately cut a joint like this?

the skirt in this pic is cut at 90 meaning the leg had to be cut at whatever angle to accommodate this… trying to figure out how I could do this without mucking it up :)

-- Pabs

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#5 posted 09-15-2019 06:14 PM

Leave the upper portion of the legs square
- bondogaposis


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#6 posted 09-15-2019 06:15 PM


-- Andy - Seattle USA

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