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#2 Building an Office Desk: Securing Legs

I found another Office Desk design I want to try and tackle. I am abandoning the one in my previous post, as I need the desk to be free standing.

Would the best way to secure the legs is to put a small "Apron" in the center of the table, then attach each of the 4 boards that come off the legs to that apron? Or would it be sufficient to just attach those 4 boards directly to the table top underneath? Then for the legs themselves, screw them into the top and to each of the 4 center boards?

Again, any input would be greatly appreciated.

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looks like a "table" to me...

not a desk, but whatever it is, the leg construction is simple and modular..... make one and the other 3 are the same. They are independent of one another, or so it seems from the photo.
I see a plywood plate, probably about 7" wide and 20" long, which is first attached to the legs, by screwing downward from the top into the legs and braces. then simply screw the plate to the bottom of the desk/table and you've done it, by golly.
Since it's painted the screw holes into the braces can be filled and painted over. Otherwise, a more sophisticated joint would have to be used, if not a paint finish.... mortise and tenons or dowels.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Hey thanks for the quick reply, wow, I'm glad I asked, that sounds so much easier than what I was gonna try!! I know it doesn't look like a desk, but after I'm done with my version of it, it will look more like one
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What the top is made of may determine what you use and how to fasten it to the top.

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