|Forum topic by adamclyde||posted 05-20-2013 05:06 PM||1149 views||1 time favorited||11 replies|
05-20-2013 05:06 PM
I’m in the final planning stages of a desk I’m making for my son. I posted the drawings and plans here as the first of a series of blog posts. I’ve included the drawing below as well.
As you can see in the drawing, I am thinking of connecting three sides of the legs with stretchers for extra support against racking. Then I realized that these are tapered legs, and I’m not yet very good at mortise and tenon joints to begin with. So having a mortise and tenon fit well half way down a tapered leg might be difficult.
So my question is, would you include the stretchers? Are they necessary for strength? Or would it be strong enough to go it alone? For reference, the distance from between the bottom of the leg to the bottom of the apron is about 24 inches, and the apron will be connected to the legs up top by mortise and tenon joints. Total height is 31 inches. The width of the desk is 30 inches and it’s about 20 inches deep.
What would you do?