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Forum topic by Tarheel posted 11-18-2008 05:17 AM 1222 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2008 05:17 AM

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Hey LJers,
I am going to make a craft table for some friends’ kid. The table top will be plywood that I will trim in MDF. I got some pre-made wooden legs that will screw into some brackets on the bottom of the table. I also want to add an apron (also MDF) around the legs to hide the metal brackets. My question is whats the best way to join the apron to the legs. The last table I made, I experimented with mortise and tenon. I thought I would do that again, but then thought that might not be necessary or might not even work with MDF. Should I use some pocket screws? or can I do M/T just for more practice?


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#1 posted 11-18-2008 05:44 AM

Just glue it.

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#2 posted 11-18-2008 05:51 AM

Depends on how thick the legs are. If they are 3/4” or same as mdf, you could scab from behind with surface to surface. On the other hand if aprons are just to hide brackets, then pocket hole from behind. Glue alone will not be enough. If you M/T, do not compromise the mdf by cutting a tennon on the end. Make the mortise to fit the full thickness mdf.

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#3 posted 11-19-2008 03:28 AM

I don’t mean to question your design, but why MDF? I am a big MDF hater so don’t take it personal. I would use some inexpensive poplar. It may cost a bit more than the MDF, but it will stay together a lot longer. My kids were hard on their “kids furniture” and I don’t think MDF will hold up to the abuse of kids at a craft table even if it is only decorative.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 11-19-2008 05:09 AM

Good points about MDF and wet crafts. I went with MDF because of its ease to work with (very much a beginner here). Also the site I stole (Pottery Barn…Ha, I just saved $300 doing it myself) the design from said there’s was made from MDF. And my wife just told me that this table is mostly for some type of train set… I just take the orders, hehe.

Thanks all for the input. I got it made today and hope to get sanded and painted this weekend.

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