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Attaching Legs to a Thick Table Top Without an Apron
I'm making a 7 1/2 foot by 3 1/2 foot dining table for a friend out of 10/4 Sapele and they want the legs attached without an apron flush with the sides and ends of the table. The friends are both over 6 feet tall and wanted to not have an apron so they don't bang their legs constantly.
My thought is to glue a 1 1/2" dowel into the top of the table about an inch an a half (to create stability on one end) with the other end into the end of the 4"X4" legs about 3"-4" (again for stability) without glueing the dowel in so the legs can be removed if they ever move. I would pocket screw the legs to the top on the inside so they won"t be seen, then attach approx 2"x2" cleats on the inside with countersunk lag screws as additional support. Assuming I have the skill to get the dowels perfectly vertical (that's the first question the guy at the hardware store asked). Will this create enough support for the top? I told my friends that there was no table dancing allowed with this design.
Any and all advice welcome.