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DIY cross-leg Garden Table & Bench

Joining the legs

The joint that joins each pair of legs is called a cross-halved joint.

You will need to cut out the area where the legs intersect (the cut-out area) to a depth halfway into each piece of wood.

The cut-out area is already marked (see the previous section) on each leg.
Set the blade of your saw (drop-saw, chop-saw, circular saw, or what ever) to a depth half of the thickness of the wood.
Make multiple cuts across the cut-out area with the saw, and then clean out the area with a chisel.

cut out of a cross halving joint

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Glue and join each pair of legs together and screw to hold, but do not position any screws where the bolts are to go. See page 10 for bolthole positions.

table legs joined

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