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    I am building a dinning table and would like to get opinoins on the type of joining process for legs to apron. Will be using 1 1/2" heart pine stock. Table will be 4'wide by 6'(approximate) Thanks.....

  • #2
    For leg to apron joints I always use Mortise and Tenon.
    info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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    • #3
      I've used biscuits, M&T, and even pocket screws all with good results. M&T is probably the strongest of these techniques, but the most time consuming to do.

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      • #4
        I think I will use the Kreg pocket jig to join the apron to the legs and also use the jig to join the apron to the table top from the underside of course.And a corner brace in each corner.As you can see, I am avoiding the M&T since I don't have the confidence to do it correct.

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        • #5
          I usually pick out a woodworking project that has something new to me: a new method of joinery or making a new jig etc… That’s how I learn woodworking. I’m not trying to talk you out of using pocket screws because they will work fine, I just remember how happy I was with my first mortise and tenon and still look proudly on that piece of furniture. Of course I also remember how long it took that first time. Since then, I keep getting better and faster and have used M&T for many joints. Just a thought.

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          • #6
            Dowell pins are another choice. If you use two or more 1/2, 7/16, or 3/8" dowells at each joint you should have a strong connection which you could augment with pocket screws and glue.

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            • #7
              I would advise against using pocket hole joinery for attaching the table top. Large panels like that need to be able to move. Use the Figure 8 connectors for the top.
              info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by papadan:
                I would advise against using pocket hole joinery for attaching the table top. Large panels like that need to be able to move. Use the Figure 8 connectors for the top.
                Excellent advice!

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                • #9
                  Hewood, Figure 8 connectors? I am lost here. What does that mean? Kenny

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                  • #10
                    Kenny, they are the item on the left. Shallow hole drilled in apron and 8 is screwed into it. then top is screwed to other side of 8. They can swivel a little to allow for wood movement.The picture is from Woodcraft, they come with instructions

                    [ 08-25-2005, 08:26 PM: Message edited by: papadan ]
                    info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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                    • #11
                      When attaching legs to the aprons on tables, I like to use sliding dovetails. They're fairly easy to make and very strong.

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