Hi all - first post here!
I'm preparing to build some patio-style tables for a sunroom. I've made my drawings and bought my ipé wood. I'm all set to get started except for one thing: I can't decide how to join the table slats at the ends where they join the cross pieces.
Here's a picture of one table so you can see what I'm talking about. See the vertical yellow "cross pieces" or rails, and the three horizontal green "slats" (mullions?) that join them. Those are the joints I'm asking about. The rails and stiles will be joined use pocket holes.
I have the tools to make either a pocket hole joint or a tenon-in-a-groove joint. I've used my Kreg jig for several projects and my tenoning jig and tablesaw for a window frame project. (In other words, not a lot of tenon cutting, but some.) So I could choose either type of joint.
My thoughts on the two choices:
+ Less sawing of ipe
+ Easy to achieve precision length cut of mullions
+ Easy to achieve precise alignment of joints
- Lots of repetitive drilling, four holes in each mullion
- Glue suitable for ipé ?
- Joints not floating, a disadvantage for expansion/contraction?
+ No drilling or gluing
+ Floating joint, an advantage?
- Lots of precision tablesaw cuts required
- Harder to get precise alignments, lengths, etc.?