advice on Joining wood legs to table

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by YuccaFlatsRanch, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. YuccaFlatsRanch

    YuccaFlatsRanch Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 3, 2004
    Hill Country, Texas
    I need to attach legs to a skirt to mount a table top on - the top is 4 by 8 feet. I need to know if it would be stronger to dowel the skirt to the legs or would using large sized biscuits be better or equal in strength?? The legs turned legs, but the top is 5 inches square. I have a 5th leg to go in the middle of the table for strength. The skirt will be made from wood that is 100 years old and measures true 1 1/2" by 5 1/2" and is very hard.
  2. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

    May 22, 2003
    Zone 7
    A table as large as the dimensions given would better have the legs mechanically attached with metal fasteners. Metal fasteners would let the legs move minutely and would avoid breaking joints as will occur with biscuits or dowels. Detachable legs would also permit the table to be moved without door or stair restrictions.