I’m making my first table (it’s a narrow table for behind the couch – 60” L x 14” W x 34” H). Using mortise and tenon for the bottom of the frame and three way miter with splines for the top of the frame. First time using those joints too. I saw another forum thread that suggested glueing up a table frame in stages, starting with the ends. That seems attractive to me because, like the poster said, it slows down the process and gives me more time to make sure it’s all right. Scrambling to glueup all those joints at once seems daunting. My question and fear arises though from how it’s all going to fit together after glueing up the joints individually. I worry each joint individually will look square and be really close, but when I go to do the final glueup it’s not going to be perfectly square and it won’t glue up right. So, what’s your experience and recommendation for this?
(A) novice should glueup table frame joint by joint in stages to slow down the process
(B) novice should glueup table frame all at once, to ensure final fit