Figure 3-43.--Comer butt joint for table legs.
Figure 3-42 shows the layout and design for
Figure 3-41.--Panel construction.
mortise-and-tenon joints. Mortise-and-tenon joints
join the table rails to the legs (fig. 3-43) and secure
how a groove and rabbet set the panel into the rails
the stretcher to the lower end rails. An alternate
and stiles. Join the rails and stiles by using dowels,
method of securing the legs to the rails is by corner
miter joints, half-lap joints, or mortise-and-tenon
plates and lag screws. Using this method, the legs
tighten easily when they become loose. They also
remove easily for storage or moving.
Standard methods of making a table are shown
in figures 3-42 through 3-46. Make desks in much
Make drawers for tables and desks by the
the same manner but with the addition of panels
method shown in figure 3-44. You will find it easier
and more drawers.
to make drawers by this method than by making
them with dovetail joints. However, dovetail joints
are better and should be used on jobs made of fine
cabinet woods. Use blind dovetails for the front
corners of drawers made for such furniture.
Figure 3-42.--Mortise-tenon layout and design.
Figure 3-44.--Simple drawer construction.