I am making some bar stools for the eating bar at our kitchen island. I have a dilemma about joinery. At the top of the leg where it joins the cross piece (in a table it’s called the apron … not sure if thats what it’s called in a chair) the leg is 1.5” square. If I connect the apron with mortise and tendon joints they intersect.
Here are the options I’ve considered:
1. Shallow tenons (3/4”) but I doubt these would be strong enough.
2. Sliding dovetails but these too will intersect. I can make them just slightly less deep and keep them clear of each other. Is this a viable joint for a chair leg to rail.
3. I was considering dowels but I don’t have a dowel jig and have never worked with dowels before and I’m not sure if this would be strong enough.
4. I see a lot of stool plans that use pocket screws but I would prefer wood to wood joinery rather than mechanical fasteners and I don’t know that pocket screws would be strong enough.
Please keep in mind I’m looking at a reasonably simple solution for a beginner to intermediate woodworker. I would greatly appreciate any advice you care to offer.
-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca