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The wife saw this patio table this weekend and wants me to try and build later this summer (price tag was $4,200 :blink:)

How did they angle the mortise slots? It looks like they're using 4x6's, how wide do you think the tenon is? I have only done M &T on 1 by and not very well with a mortising jig. On the cross piece, there is no pin holding it together, how could the joint hold when you got people sitting around it and have it outdoors?

This is probably way above my skill level but thought I'd ask you guys. The joinery was so tight, almost like the pieces were one. I would think for a table this size and weight if they would need to be perfect.
 

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If you get a expensive professional hollow chisel mortiser the table will tilt on a angle to mortise like that. Building one table you could mortise it the 18th century way. Drill out most of the material on an angle and hand chisel the rest of it. As thick as the timber is the tenon is probably 1" thick. The joints would be stronger if glued together with a glue such as Titebond III but would be stronger if you put pins in there too. If you manage to make a good tight joint the pins would only help a little if you don't like the look.
 

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They may not be angled mortise's. They may be fashioned like so...


It's the way I would do it.:icon_smile:
 
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