Lower Divider Connects To Doubler And

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A wide lower divider is double tenoned to the leg and also tenoned to the doubler. The single tenon must be thick for strength. But it must be oriented horizontally and placed at the top of the divider so there is enough wood in the doubler below the mortise.

Maximize this distance.

A wide lower divider is double tenoned to the leg and also tenoned to the doubler. The single tenon must be thick for strength. But it must be oriented horizontally and placed at the top of the divider so there is enough wood in the doubler below the mortise.

First, insert the tenon of the kicker or runner.

At the front, where strength is needed, the kicker and runner are tenoned to the dividers.

Snapped into place

Kickers and runners can be installed after the table frame has been glued up.

At the back, the kicker and the runner are half-lapped to the ledger. The runner should be half-lapped on top so that it rests on the ledger supporting the drawer. The kicker should be half-lapped on the bottom, because the drawer, if tipped, will push against the kicker from below.

First, insert the tenon of the kicker or runner.

Once you've milled the pieces, you're ready to put together the essential table: four legs, three aprons, and two dividers. The upper divider is dovetailed into the leg; the lower divider can't be dovetailed, so it's double tenoned (see drawing, above). With the table glued up, you can take your time installing the inner pieces— doublers, kickers, runners, and (if need be) ledgers.

The first pieces to go inside I call doublers because, roughly speaking, they double the thickness of the aprons. More important, the doublers bring the apron assembly flush to the inside face of the leg, so you don't have to notch the runners and kickers. Some people would call the doublers side guides, and that's what they are as far as the drawer is concerned: blocks that keep the drawer from shifting from side to side as it's pulled out. Cut four doublers to length, and glue them to the top and bottom of the side aprons.

Onto the surface of each doubler, glue one of the little square sticks you thickness planed at the same time as the dividers, one at the top of each upper doubler to serve as a kicker, and one at the bottom of each lower doubler to serve as a runner. Together, a doubler and runner/kicker form an L-shaped piece, which you could make by rabbeting one piece. But they're much easier to make and install as two pieces. The wide face of the doublers remains stable when glued flush against the apron. The kickers and runners are such small squares that they won't curl or twist.

What to do when the span gets long

On a small table like my single-drawer demonstration table, gluing the runners and kickers to the doublers, and letting them butt against the dividers and the rear apron (or a ledger for securing the tabletop), provides enough strength to support the drawer. On a

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