I’m brand new to woodworking (mostly using handtools), and as a first project have been putting together a patio end table (pictures attached, the top pieces are not yet attached). I’m trying to figure out the best way to attach the top slats, the original design I followed used pocket hole screws, but I both don’t own the jig etc. and am just generally not that inspired by pocket hole joinery. I used mortise and tenons for the leg and apron connections. Options I’ve considered for the top are
(1) Make wooden turn buttons (I can’t figure out if these would work on a slatted top like this since each board would just be attached at two ends?)
(2) Buy metal brackets
(3) Just glue it on (Would there be enough stress in directions other than down that they really need fasteners? Are the boards thin enough that expansion/contraction isn’t an issue?)
For reference the table’s ~22 inches wide and tall, and the slats are 1.25 x 4. Any thoughts are very appreciated!