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Best joint for angled triangular table leg?

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I am making a semicircular wall table, roughly 30" by 15" and am planning a three-legged base with the legs at an outward angle.

What's the best way to create the table base? An apron base is great, though not limited at this point. The legs will be square/rectangular.

The image is of similar legs, though not the table I am thinking about.

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welcome to the forum, John - what part of the country are you in ?

for a small table like that, I would use the offset mounting plate.
(only because my carpentry skills to fabricate something special are a little rusty).
are you going to make the legs yourself ? or purchase them.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-23-2020, 02:41 PM
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You asked for "the best" ......

The best is never the easiest, well almost never. A through tenon is the best way to create a strong leg joint. It is easy in principle, but requires some precision hand work.
There are two different ways to do this.
One is to make the mortices at an angle and leave the tenons parallel to the legs except at the shoulders.


The other way is to make the mortises square to the top and angle the tenons on the legs as shown here:


another way using a tenon jig on the table saw:

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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welcome to the forum, John - what part of the country are you in ?

for a small table like that, I would use the offset mounting plate.
(only because my carpentry skills to fabricate something special are a little rusty).
are you going to make the legs yourself ? or purchase them.

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John, thanks. I'm in Texas right now. I've considered the offset plate, but usually try to avoid metal as much as possible. I usually make my own legs, which is why they are square or rectangular.
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Thanks for the great insight. Yes, "best" usually gets a bit more involved. I watched the videos, which are helpful, but not sure that I will attempt the angled mortise. I have less of a conceptual problem with the angled legs than the triangular base, and joining the angled legs to the aprons when the angle is 60 degrees (or whatever) rather than 90 degrees.
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