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Table Apron-Leg Assembly/Glue Up

Hi! I am building a long (7) narrow (14) console type table. It is intended to be sleek, minimal, not too blocky. The person Im making it for wanted the apron and legs to be close to flush, so I am not doing traditional m&t apron-to-leg construction.

Instead, the top of the 1 1/2 square legs will be notched out 5/8 on each side. The aprons are 1 1/2 tall x 3/4 thick. There will be a spline to help hold together the miter. And a corner block on the inside corner of the leg for stability/reinforcement. The apron will be screwed to the top by a strip (maybe 3/4 square) running the length of each side. A stretcher long ways down the center.

What would be the best way to do the glue up? Do I need to dowel the apron to the legs in addition to the glue and corner blocking? Im a little concerned about the strength of the design. But the table will not need to support anything too heavy. So as long as its stable and doesnt rack, I think it should be ok?

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I'd likely dowel the aprons into the tops of the legs after assembly, just to make the joinery a bit stronger. I'd also glue up the ends individually and then add the front and rear aprons. That way you are working with fewer glue joints at once and it's easier to make sure the legs are square to each other. I assume the corner blocking will be screwed to the aprons and the leg?

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I'd likely dowel the aprons into the tops of the legs after assembly, just to make the joinery a bit stronger. I'd also glue up the ends individually and then add the front and rear aprons. That way you are working with fewer glue joints at once and it's easier to make sure the legs are square to each other. I assume the corner blocking will be screwed to the aprons and the leg?


Jim, thanks for your response! Yes, I was thinking doweling after the glue up would be much easier. Also yes about the corner blocking. Inside edge of the leg will be 45d at the top for a good straight connection in the middle, and screwed at the sides too.

When you say glue up the ends individually, are you referring to the short apron pieces? And then doing the long ones afterward as a separate glue up? Doing it in two steps is good advice! Since I dont have m&ts to keep the all the side members aligned during glue up I would really struggle trying to do them all at once! Thanks!


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When you say glue up the ends individually, are you referring to the short apron pieces? And then doing the long ones afterward as a separate glue up? Doing it in two steps is good advice! Since I dont have m&ts to keep the all the side members aligned during glue up I would really struggle trying to do them all at once! Thanks!


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Yes, do the ends (legs & aprons) and then join the two end assemblies with the front & rear aprons.
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