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#1 posted 03-14-2011 04:03 PM

What you describe will be strong enough, but it won’t do well with seasonal movement. The problem is that the aprons won’t change much over seasons, but the top will. So, you need some sort of attachment that allows movement. There are many strategies. Rockler sells something called “table top fasteners”. They’re little bent metal brackets. You screw them to the table top, then they hook into a narrow kerf you cut on the inside of the apron. It clamps the whole thing together but allows movement.

Edit: I’ve been assuming you’re using a solid wood top of substantial size. If it’s a plywood top, or it’s small (say a phone stand or nightstand) you can likely get away with pocket screws.

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