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Forum topic by SteveB posted 07-01-2009 11:54 PM 1198 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2009 11:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: joint table leg question joining

I’m duplicating a bedside table for my mother-in-law. I’ve laid out the design in Sketchup (link to image below), but I need some advice.'s%20Table.jpg

How should I make the joint between the shelf and the four legs?


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#1 posted 07-02-2009 01:25 AM

A shallow dado (the thickness of the shelf) across the inside corner of the legs at a 45 degree angle will probably support the shelf.

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#2 posted 07-02-2009 02:00 AM

i agree with lew, thats probably the easiest way. for visual interest you could peg it with a square dowel, through one or both leg faces, and match that same detail in the apron joinery. that would require more work, tho…

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#3 posted 07-02-2009 08:30 AM

Lew makes a good suggestion, I’d probably do that and add either a dowel at 45 hidden inside the joint to help keep it pulled together or if you’re ok with pocket screws I’d do the 45 dado and put in a pocket screw at each leg.

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