I’m building a small hall table for my oldest daughter out of poplar (she insists she’s going to paint it). Pics below – taken from a design she saw / likes online.
The top is a solid board, 8 inches wide. The front to back span between the legs is 5 inches (inside). Plan B was to tenon stretchers into the top of the legs (front to back) just under the top and screwing the top from below to the stretchers but fear it will impact the design / appearance.
To maintain the “clean” underside look I’m now thinking about simply attaching the top with blind dowels (not through the top) to the legs but am wondering about movement. The table will be indoors – heated and airconditioned year round. My original Plan A was to attach the legs with blind mortices into the top and forming tenons on the top of the legs but walked away from that for fear of later movement in the top. I could recut the legs, but if the potential movement isn’t an issue, then I might just as well dowel the top at this stage.
Any thoughts / ideas / alternatives appreciated.