drill a 1" hole in both the top and into the legs and put a 1" wood dowel in, shorter than the depth of the holes.
Gule the dowel in the legs lightly, do not glue into the top.
I would use 3 legs rather than 4, since it will always stand evenly and not wobble!
I used this idea. I went and bought a 15/16" auger bit for $18 and a 1" pine dowel x 36"
I did three legs and the legs are tight.
I actually pounded in a finish nail in the legs to keep the dowel in the legs.
I drilled about 2" into the top and about 1" into the leg. So I used a 3" dowel.
Here's the questions I have:
1. The legs seem to be in very tight. I am using green fresh-cut wood. What will happen with time to the tightness/fit of the legs into the top?
2. Will a person be able to pull the legs out without breaking the dowels and will they fit into a fresh new top with 1" pre-cut holes OK?
3. Sorry, I am a total amateur--the 15/16 auger bit drilled like a knife through butter, but after about six 2" holes, it did not dig as well. Do you need to sharpen these bits often? How do you do this? Or do they sell better "industrial bits" that stay sharp for a long time. (my goal is to produce many of these eventually)
thanks for your expertise and ideas.