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post #1 of 6 Old 01-17-2016, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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so I am a fairly newb woodworker. I am building an and table for my mother in law. I have the top finished, getting ready to attach the legs, skirt and lower shelf. the issue I am running into is this: she wanted the legs made from spindles. I found some short spindles at home depot. how do I securely fasten the lower shelf to the legs? they are round and tapered about 4 degrees on a side. should I 'scribe' the shelf to each leg and put a pocket screw in? not much strength vertically there. or does some one have and idea how I can accurately notch out 1/4 of each leg to set the shelf into? this is how I want to do it, just running into a mental block figuring it out!! any help would be great!!
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-17-2016, 11:46 AM
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Since you're a beginner, take the easy route. Scribe the shelf so it fits in the legs, then use a small angle bracket for each leg. You won't see it unless you're really trying. Angle brackets are super cheap.

If you want to notch the legs, you'll need to use chisels. But that is not that easy for beginners, since you'll be trying to create a 90 degree "notch" in each leg.

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I would use short dowels in each corner.
Dry fit, mark each leg, drill and glue all 4 at one time with a band clamp.
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Here is what i came up with. Made a 90 cut in a 4x4, held legs in with a scrap piece of 1x, figured how high i needed my table saw blade to cut to get the centerline of the leg on two adjacent sides, ran 4x4 dow my fence and got top and bottom locations of shelf established, the got out the chisels and finished it.
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and you were asking us how to do it....

hopefully the other end of the spindle was supported.
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When I run into a situation like that, I find it is easiest to use a small tenon saw to cut the shoulders and a sharp chisel to finish the dado. Seriously reduces the pucker factor.
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