|Forum topic by langski93||posted 01-19-2016 01:46 PM||651 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-19-2016 01:46 PM
Except for cutting rough lumber to length, all work is being done with hand tools.
I am dimensioning material for a dining room table. It will be 78” in length and 30” to top of table. The legs will be tapered from a 3” square billet.
The top will be a heavy piece of walnut made from 3 boards. The width of the top will net out at least 38” and possible as wide as 40”. I have not worked out all of the dimensions, but the apron will be 3.5” to 4” wide.
I am trying to decide if I should use M+T joint or sliding dovetail to connect the apron to the legs. I see sliding dovetail used on smaller tables and question if the scale of this piece is too large for that connection. I am concerned about the downward wedging action of the dovetail on the leg. In theory, if left unglued, the joint has the potential to be freed up if/when the table is ever moved. M+T joints, pinned or not are fixed.
All thoughts, suggestions and alternatives are appreciated.
-- Langski, New Hampshire