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SteveB

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1837 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: joint table leg question joining

I’m duplicating a bedside table for my mother-in-law. I’ve laid out the design in Sketchup (link to image below), but I need some advice.

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How should I make the joint between the shelf and the four legs?

Thanks,
Steve

-- Steve B - New Life Home Improvement


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lew

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#1 posted 1837 days ago

A shallow dado (the thickness of the shelf) across the inside corner of the legs at a 45 degree angle will probably support the shelf.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 1837 days ago

i agree with lew, thats probably the easiest way. for visual interest you could peg it with a square dowel, through one or both leg faces, and match that same detail in the apron joinery. that would require more work, tho…

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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coloradoclimber

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#3 posted 1836 days ago

Lew makes a good suggestion, I’d probably do that and add either a dowel at 45 hidden inside the joint to help keep it pulled together or if you’re ok with pocket screws I’d do the 45 dado and put in a pocket screw at each leg.

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