Upper End Apron

Assembling each end frame first makes final assembly easier slower end

1 apron vb" round-over on bottom edges

Vs" roundover on outside corner only

Align ends of leg pieces and clamp together

Layout Mortises. Clamp the leg blanks together and make the top/bottom marks using a square. Mark the sides with a straightedge

Align ends of leg pieces and clamp together

Layout Mortises. Clamp the leg blanks together and make the top/bottom marks using a square. Mark the sides with a straightedge

GROOVES. With all the tenons complete, the upper apron pieces all require one last operation. Each one receives a saw kerf along its length near the inside top edge like you see in detail 'a.' This kerf will hold the Z-fasteners used to attach the table top to the base. I like these fasteners because they hold the top securely but still allow the solid-wood top to expand and contract without cracking.

END RAILS. The end rails need some more attention before you can assemble the base ends. They each need a mortise on the inside face to hold the center stretcher. Tire box below shows you how to rout the mortise in the end rails.

Before you can assemble the base, you need to make the center stretcher. A tenon at each end will fit into the mortise in the end rails. Just keep in mind, though, that these tenons are only VV' long.

ASSEMBLY. With all the pieces and joinery cuts complete, you can get ready to assemble tire base. 1 glued up the end assemblies first. This way, it's easier to keep the assembly square throughout the glue-up process and make sure the joints are all tight and square. You don't have to worry about adding the small trim blocks just yet. You can add those at the last step.

After the glue dries on the end assemblies, you can glue and clamp the longer side aprons and the center stretcher in place.

DECORATIVE BLOCKS. As I said, the last step is to cut and fit the small blocks that visually tie the apron pieces together. Hie easiest way to cut these small parts is to cut a longer piece of stock to thickness and width, then just cut them to length one at a time. Finally, you can attach them with screws as shown in details 'b' and 'e' above. And with the base complete, you can start to work on the top.

Height Pallet

upper side apron

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