Joinery options for outdoor cedar table
Hello all - a couple weeks ago, we had a decent wind storm that decided to lift up our patio table and deposit it onto the other side of our backyard.
Honestly i was not saddened by this since the wife bought it at a yard sale for $20 probably 7 years ago. Money well spent but definitely time to upgrade.
I am making the new table out of air dried cedar purchased from my local wood supplier (i.e. guy with a portable sawmill and a huge yard to air dry the lumber in).
Basic plan is to go with thick legs (3.5" x 3.5") and then true 1" x 4" stretchers at the top. I would prefer to not have any type of stretchers or bracing at the bottom of table for aethetics and so it is easy to get chairs in and out of...wanting a clean, modern look with no joinery showing.
I believe M&T joints will be the strongest, but i am pretty inexperienced at them and would hate to ruin the lumber on sloppy work $$. Do you guys think titebondIII and bluekote Kreg pockets screws will be sufficient? The wife gave a subtle hint that she wants the table done by our 4th of July cookout...
any suggestions are appreciated...