I will make a L & JG Stickley Prairie Settle #220 like the one pictured. I think I have it pretty well figured out except for attaching the the top to the side and back panels. Notice that unlike a Morris chair, there are no through tenons holding the top securely in place.
Here are my current thoughts:
1. Use desk top fasteners. Ugh! But they could be hidden from view, except from below looking up.
2. Drill holes in the upper part of the corbels for screws and sink and plug the holes. Better or ugh?
3. Use floating tenons in the legs that would go 1/2-5/8” into the top which is 13/16” before sanding. Alignment could be could be difficult and I’m not sure how strong this would be. You know that someday movers will lift it by its top.
4. Apply a thin strip of glue to the tops of the rails and clamp the top in place. Maintaining alignment would be a challenge. Another question regarding the strength.
5. Use dowel pegs or biscuits to increase the glue surface. Also, solves the alignment issue, but accurate placement of the pegs or biscuits might be difficult. Still doesn’t answer the strength question.
6. Glue a spline into the tops of the rails and route a corresponding groove in the top to accept the spline. This is my preference at the moment
Which of the above would you use or do you have another suggestion?
Thanks for the assistance.