Ok, this is actually a woodworking request for help.
I am building a Shaker Hall Table. Plans are from Woodsmith Issue 61,
those who want to follow along.
The plan calls for the front and back aprons to have a groove along
the length of the apron. This groove will hold the cross pieces that
will support the top and the drawers.
Here's the problem:
The plans state to cut the groove to 9/16" in the aprons to allow for
a 1/2 tenon
of the cross pieces and a 1/16 for glue. Not a problem. Then it states
that you should
cut a 1/4 tenon in the aprons to join it to the legs. This tenon has
to be centered
on the apron.
The aprons are 3/4" thick. If I cut a groove 9/16" in the apron, that
the thickness to 11/16" at that point. There is no way I can center a
without reducing the thickness of the tenon at the point where it
meets the long groove.
My thought is that the 1/2" tenon of the cross piece should be
to allow for the glue. I can't see that it would affect the
structural strength of
the base. There are two side aprons that should be sufficient for
cross tenons are there to merely to attach the top and support the
What's the take here? Do I just
1) Ignore the "requirement" to make the 1/2" apron groove 9/16"?
2) Shorten the cross tenon?
3) Reduce the apron tenon? - I'd cut the tenon first, then
do the long groove.