Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Morris County, New Joisey
Table Leg to Apron Joint
I'm starting a new kitchen table, sort of a simple Mission style, that will be countertop height (36"), and about 40" square. Plan so far is 1" thick top, 2-1/4" square legs, and 3"-4" deep aprons. (Haven't decided yet) The aprons will have an arch cut into their bottom edge, but that has no bearing on my question.
For a few reasons, I want to be able to disassemble the legs from the table, so I plan to use those metal corner brackets that screw into the aprons and have a hanger bolt screwed into the leg diagonally.
Before I decided that it should be "disassemble-able", my plan was to mortise/tenon the aprons into the legs, but now I'm concerned that removing too much wood for the mortises may weaken the area that the hanger bolt threads into. So I'm wondering if dowels are a better way to go. Either method will serve only for alignment, since I'm not gluing them.
I suspect that I'm being unreasonably concerned about the mortises weakening the top of the leg where the hanger bolt screws into; just looking for others' opinions, experiences, etc.