Thanks for your time!
We've got decent oak legs built that need to be attached to a table
top. The top is laminated oak and maple. It's got a slight bow in
two different axis, so we're going to place sand bags on it after it's
temporarily secured to the legs to flatten it out. But my problem is
that we're trying to hide all the fasteners, so we've chosen to peg
everything together. We can't figure out how to make sure the holes
we will drill in the legs will match up with the holes we drill in the
table top. The legs are "L" shaped, which we pegged together using a
jig. But of course the jig doesn't work for a large sheet like a
table top. In addition, at the top of each leg (so it will be flush
with the top) a rail connects the legs. So currently, the legs are
attached to one another with the rail and form a free standing base.
They are perminantly glued, and pegged together.
So as you see, we (wife and I, yes we work together) need to drill the
holes in the table top and the top of the free standing base so that
the top can be perminantly attached to the legs. I suppose we're open
to other methods of fastening, but I prefer to use pegs and glue it.
Since that's what we've done on the rest of the table.
There will be one more step, and that is we are going to edge the
outside of the table top so the laminate is not visible. The edge
will stick up above the table's edge the width of a sheet of glass, so
that the top is protected.
I've included a picture so you can understand what the table looks
Also, if you feel like a comment or two on what you think about
finishing. This is our first wood working project, so we don't know
much, we're just knocking around and seeing what happens. My only
experience is Minwax, which I used at my parents house when we framed
a staircase with oak to match Mom's cabinents in the kitchen.