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Joining Legs to Aprons

The size and location of mortise-and-tenon joints affect their strength

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The life of a table is not easy. All the stress concentrates on the leg-to-apron joint, which holds a table together. Here, Garrett Hack offers step-by-step directions on how to make a well-designed, tight-fitting mortise-and-tenon joint that locks the apron to the leg for a long-lasting, stable piece. His techniques employ a mix of hand and power tools.

From Fine Woodworking #161

From Fine Woodworking #161, pp. 75

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